Most teachers use content posters in their classrooms, so many students ignore these informational posters because they are so used to the sight of them. By displaying posters creatively in your classroom you can make a larger impact on your students and improve their academic growth. Get creative and think outside of the box---there are multitudes of novel ways to hang posters in the classroom.
Turn content posters into eye-catching, well-lit displays by making them look like movie posters. Because children like movies, this can truly capture their attention and imagination. To make a space for your posters, build a wooden frame that sticks out four to six inches from the wall. After you paint the frame black, attach cheap closet lights to your frame that have adhesive backing. To make it even more exciting, change the poster every week depending on what the class is studying at the time.
This simple idea turns a flat, boring poster into an interactive experience. Beneath your poster, hang a small shelf that extends at least six inches from the wall. You and your students can use the shelf to display items of interest that relate to the poster. For example, if you are teaching a unit on ocean life, hang a poster describing different types of shells and place corresponding shells on the shelf. This gives the students something to touch and hold as they look at the poster, and encourages them to make connections between the information on the poster and the real world. Make sure that the shelf is low enough that students can reach it. To make it even more interactive, ask each member of the class to bring in his or her own relevant item.
Giant Poster Display
Though it takes time and can seem extreme, displaying your posters in giant proportions gets them noticed. To do this, scan your poster to make a digital copy. By projecting the image onto a large piece of butcher paper and tracing the image, you can inexpensively enlarge the poster. The novelty of a giant poster can capture your students' imaginations and can help them learn the material. This project can also be done using student volunteers. Have a team of two to three students trace and colour the enlarged image. Not only do students enjoy this activity, they are inadvertently being exposed to the content.
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