The best classroom is one that is inviting and encourages learning. Your walls are a great tool to help you achieve this goal. Modular wall displays are indeed a great tool you should consider.
You want to have the essentials, like your classroom roles and school schedule, posted clearly in the front of the room. Conversely, information that needs updating, such as your daily agenda and learning objectives, should be on your whiteboard. You should consider saving space on your walls for completed student work instead. A teacher who displays such items conveys a sense of pride and inclusion to their students. It’s really a great feeling to have students excited to point out their work and share it, and it encourages them to produce high-quality work! After all, this isn’t going to be hidden in a drawer. This will be on display for everyone to see.
Wall displays also provide another opportunity to enhance and reinforce learning. When students get a little distracted, one of the first places they’re going to look is around the classroom. And once they see well-designed anchor charts relating to their lessons, they will continue to engage with the material. It’s also a good idea to regularly direct your entire class to your anchor charts as a quick review form.
In this article, we’re going to discuss a genial, effective way to use wall space that will work for any teacher.
Why Organising Modular Wall Displays in Your Classroom is A Great Idea?
Display not only engages students but it also brightens up the atmosphere of the class. Having learning aids and resources included in your displays will give your students easy access to learning resources. And most importantly, wall displays should be conceived to be flexible and dynamic: that means you will want to periodically update the information you display on your walls, change topics, and propose new challenges to make your classes more engaging and appealing to your students.
Students need to understand how a certain task and idea fits within and benefits their learning across a whole sequence of tasks. Modular wall displays can contribute to making connections because they offer an opportunity for reflection. Modular wall displays are a beneficial tool for students to question their ideas.
Modular Wall Display Remind What You Did in The Past.
Research shows that modular wall displays can enhance learning.
For instance, modular wall displays can be used to showcase students’ experiments, activities, and other posters related to the topic. These should ideally be posted on the class wall display at the end of each lesson. In this way, you will:
create a constantly evolving record of tasks and student thoughts about the topic.
facilitate connections from one day to the next.
Enable students to use the wall display in the classroom as a reference point during other lessons as well. They may thus use the wall display as a source of ideas for other activities and make connections between the ideas already posted and the new tasks they are undertaking. For example, students may reference work from the wall display and use the information to create questions for a science quiz.
Allow students to easily access their ideas to read and check for accuracy. For example, students may read the posts related to their science experiment to check that they had included the main steps.
Students may bring their parents into the classroom and use the wall display to point out what they had been doing and have learned.
This is how you may have your students use the space on your walls in a more productive way.
The modular wall display is indeed a useful way for them to remember what they learn, it is an exceptional tool for reflecting on and supporting their ideas, and ultimately, it can be a way to share their learning with their families.
Modular Wall Displays: How to Do It Right?
Although teachers are rarely allowed to modify the learning space they’re assigned, opportunities lie in how the walls, ceiling and floors are used to display student work and learning material throughout the lessons.
So, when it comes to modular wall displays, how much is too much? In what areas of the classroom should you refrain from placing displays? And where should you do more?
Well, it is all about achieving a balance: overcrowding should definitely be avoided, and you should also ensure that spaces aren’t too empty. If all the walls are filled with lively displays, then the environment created will be just too distracting. Equally though, if the walls are left white, that would be perceived by students as a not appealing environment. A compromise must be achieved. Let’s say you want to cover up to 80% of the wall area in “peaceful” displays and allocate the remaining 20% to more “energetic” displays. You should always refrain from having displays covering windows. While these displays can look nice, they obstruct daylight. Daylight (without glare) should always be prioritised as this is one of the biggest factors which can positively impact learning outcomes.
Modular Wall Displays: How to Create One?
Now that you know why modular wall displays are an awesome idea to support your students’ learning, you may be wondering how you can effectively create one.
As we mentioned before, wall displays should be conceived to be flexible and dynamic. Speed of action is an essential factor in keeping the teaching process engaging. You want something that allows you to quickly update information and for an unlimited number of times.
You are probably thinking of the old-school note boards, where pins, nails or sticky tape were used to fix papers to the walls.
But are they really still that good?
Pins and nails pose a serious risk when used around children.
Fixing paper sheets to the walls with sticky tape doesn’t offer the most appealing the looks
Additionally, the frequent use of pins, nails or sticky tape on walls will certainly cause damage over time.
The Artiteq Info Rail is an aluminium rail that you can easily attach to your walls to create impressive, long-lasting, modular wall displays.
The rail is provided with an internal rubber grip device, which allows you to insert paper documents of various thicknesses and display them without using any nails or pins. You can quickly and safely attach and remove documents to/from the rail as often as you like.
Is the Artiteq Info Rail easy to install?
It certainly is, and there are good chances that you can DIY.
First of all, you need to decide at what height from the floor you want to install your rail. It certainly depends on a case-by-case basis. If want your children to use the rail to hang their artworks and drawings, you should probably look at having the rail installed at no more than 100cm from the floor. However, if you are planning to use the rail to display information to other teachers or parents, you should definitely go higher. Anything between 150cm to 180cm is a good height.
The rail itself is attached to the wall using nylon clips. You will fix the nylon clips to the wall once, ensuring they are aligned in a straight line and equally spaced. Each rail is supplied with an install kit, which provided you with all you need to fix the Info Rail to the walls:
Wall fixtures: a set of universal wall plugs and screws
A set of wall clips
Endcaps to close the ends of your rails for a better look
Once you have the clips installed on your wall, all you have to do is just clicking the rail onto them. You may want to gently tap the rail with a rubber mallet to ease the process.
Modular wall displays help students remember of what they have learned and help them build connections and develop consistency between ideas, tasks and classes. Modular wall displays increase the time students dedicate to critical thinking about topics they are learning because they can visualize and discuss about what is displayed with other students and their families. And ultimately, bringing family members into the class and talking to them about modular wall displays can indeed promote the connection between school and family.
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