Classroom Posters: Yay or Nay?

Classroom Posters: Yay or Nay?

Times Square is jam-packed with people and things to see. It’s one of New York’s top tourist destinations, but it’s not a great place to sit and read a book or attend a lecture. The same way the lights, signs, crowds, and noise of Times Square can be overwhelming, too much visual stimulation in the classroom — in the form of decorations — can hurt student performance.

However, on the opposite side of the coin, nothing in the classroom also makes for a bleak learning environment. Since the 1950’s, researchers have known that ugly rooms make people feel unhappy, tired, and want to escape. (Maslow & Mintz, 1956)

Using posters is a great way to:

  • Remind student of important procedures
  • Decorate and make
  • Make student’s curious

Tips on using posters effectively

1. Rotate them often to keep them relevant

2. Be selective – don’t put it there unless students can use it.

For some students, creating a poster can also be a valueable experience. Hanging these around the room will make students feel proud of their work.

Here are some more creative poster making projects that can add life to your lesson!

  • Ask students to create a poster to educate others about a particular issue- like recycling, or exercising regularly.
  • Ask students to create a poster pretending that they are part of a story and are inviting people for an event in the story. (like a poster inviting the town for the ball in the Cinderella story)
  • Ask students to create a poster-infographic to explain statistics or share the results of a study that they did.
  • Ask students to create a poster to remind themselves of or remember an important learning strategy, or classroom rule.
  • You may ask students to create an alert poster for a fake hurricane, to help them learn about weather alerts.
  • Ask students to make a 3d poster without using any pens, paints or markers.

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