The walls of a school provide an opportunity to extend the lessons students learn in the classroom. Because students spend a good deal of time waiting in line to change classes or eat lunch, wall displays can be educational diversions. To avoid putting off students, choose displays that reinforce lessons but do not come off like a lecture; a little entertainment value can go a long way.
Help students learn geography while they wait in line by putting a giant map of the world on a prominent wall in your school. Place the map so the top is just above eye-level. To increase connection with the map and reinforce geography lessons, place markers on important cities or countries; place a corresponding marker on the wall with an interesting fact or current event. Ask teachers for input on the topics their classes have been studying so you can customise the facts to points the students will recognise.
Around the holidays, set a festive atmosphere and increase understanding of other cultures by putting up a holiday traditions display. Focus on holiday traditions around the world, like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia Day and Chinese New Year. Show pictures of the associated costumes, characters, foods and celebrations. Include text about the story behind the holiday. In doing so, you can promote an interest in cultures around the world and make all students feel welcomed and a part of various holiday celebrations.
School through the Years
To celebrate your school's history and show students how it has evolved, set up a photo display with historical pictures. Look in your archives or ask around to community elders to find photos from the school's opening to the present day. If possible, look for pictures with students that show the dress and styles of the time. Gather stories from former students to publish along with the photos for added effect.
Hall of Fame
Celebrate the accomplishments of your students with a hall of fame that changes every year. Include photos of groups and students with notable achievements; be sure to cover the range of student activities to make everyone feel represented. You might feature a photo of the cast of the school musical, the science Olympiad, or sports teams. Consider also congratulating the top students, children with the best attendance, or kids who have done interesting things outside of class.