Display boards in primary schools

Updated July 19, 2017

Display boards are one on the focal points in a primary school classroom or hallway. Often, the board displays important information for both students and educators, while schoolchildren can often decorate display boards themselves, particularly around holidays and festive periods. Educators can use display boards to chart the progress of students, act as a visual display to boost the self-esteem of students and encourage positive behaviour.

Important Notices

Primary school display boards serve an important function within the classroom or hallway, as they are often the place where important notices are displayed. Teachers can post what to do in the event of a fire, the student register and rules of classroom behaviour on the display board. Given the importance of this information, it is essential that students understand the display board and its functions, while also being invited to contribute. One idea may be to introduce the display board to your students at the start of each academic year and inform them of changes as and when they occur.

Monitoring Achievement

Display boards are also a good medium for publicly monitoring student achievement. List all of the students' names on the display and reward positive achievements and behaviours with the award of bronze, silver and gold stars. At the end of each week or term, further reward students for their hard work with treats and praise. This will encourage your students to perform well in class and leads to a positive reinforcement as students see hard work being rewarded. Furthermore, you can also remove stars to punish misbehavior, but this strategy is better for older students at a primary school.

Special Occasions

Special occasions provide an opportunity for students to decorate their display board. At Christmas time, for example, make the display festive by having the class make paper Christmas trees, candy canes, Santas and snowmen and affix them to the perimeter of the display board. Capitalise on the decoration projects to teach important lessons about the holiday in question. For example, at Thanksgiving, teachers can tell students the about the story behind the holiday while they are making their decorations.

Student Projects

When your primary school display boards are not full of seasonal or holiday decorations, you can use them to track the progress of student projects. For example, set a target amount of money/items to collect for charity and keep a chart of monies/items raised on the display board. This enables students to organise events, write letters and telephone local businesses and run collection drives, for items such as toys. Reward your students by recognising their achievements on the display board.

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