If you are a teacher who is lucky enough to have a classroom with a long, blank length of wall, it is the perfect spot for making a mural. Wall murals stimulate the imagination and bring a desired atmosphere to your classroom. A classroom mural can be painted on permanently or created with cutouts and rolls of paper for temporary use. When you look up at that blank wall, just imagine the possibilities.
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If you teach a specific subject, make a wall mural that reflects your subject. A reading teacher can make a mural filled with beloved characters from literary classics and popular childrens' books. A science teacher will enjoy a mural that starts with dinosaurs on one end and finishes with space satellites at the other, featuring a host of scientific landmarks in between. A history teacher can create a time line by featuring images of past events. An art teacher can take inspiration from Keith Haring and let the students make the mural while teaching about his style. A math teacher can use a mural to demonstrate the many things, from structural engineering to computer programming, that require mathematics. As you design your mural, express your passion for your subject by painting a mural that embodies all it means to you.
Whether you wish to create a stimulating environment in your classroom or you want your room to reflect the peace and calm that you wish to instil in your class, use a mural to assist you by carefully selecting the colours, images and words that you incorporate into it. Make a mural with bold colours and vivid imagery, make a nature mural of a scenic landscape or inspire wonder and amazement with eye-catching, thought-provoking messages.
You can personalise your classroom mural to make students truly feel like their classroom is their home away from home and an expression of themselves. Make a new mural each year that features your students. Incorporate their images, names, work and quotes into the mural. This is a particularly good project to get the kids involved. Give them a project early in the year in which they design 12-by-12-inch "patches" about themselves and then connect the "patches" to create a classroom quilt mural.
If you have the time and the energy to change your classroom mural every few weeks, create seasonal murals. By changing the murals, you can continue to capture the children's interest and re-create the mood in your classroom over and over. Take advantage of the kids' excitement for seasonal activities and festivities. If you teach in a private school, display seasonal holy days in your mural. Change your mural to reflect your current unit study or current events.
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