Holiday time often gives teachers a chance to think about their classroom’s learning environment, and that got us thinking, as many of you no doubt are, about what would be a great maths classroom display for September. So we’ve taken the chance to magpie the very best ideas from others. Here is a selection of ideas to get you itching to find the giant stapler, the pinking shears, and those leopard print borders they have in Biology!
Suffolk Maths has a long listing of ideas for displays including the maths periodic table from various people, a Careers display from @El_Timbre, and maths bunting. This example of the Maths Periodic Table is from @DocendoTim (you can download a template for the periodic table from justmaths.co.uk):
There are lots of creative ideas for displays from Danielle Bartram, including maths bunting and some lovely vertical and horizontal number lines.
Mr Collins’ blog New Role, New Classroom is well worth a read. He is a fan, as are many others including @Emrysmaths, of the mathematical Mr Men from solvemymaths.com which we featured in a previous issue. Here is his example of the jaunty little critters in their entirety…or are they? Which one is missing?
What do you want your display to achieve? Is it to inspire your pupils, or to give them prompts and resources to reduce their dependence on you, or to cover the stain where the roof leaked over the summer? Once you’ve put up the displays, how will you use them? Would it be better to keep the walls blank for now and ask your pupils what they want to see there? Could they be put in charge of at least one wall? Send us some pictures and let us know what you decide to do, either by email to email@example.com, or @NCETMsecondary on Twitter.