classroom displays

More creative displays and success criteria

We’ve been doing a module on travel. Last week, students wrote about their most memorable trip. Here’s the latest (sunny) display. I need to mount this on some nice coloured card and frame it a bit better, but I was really impressed by the students’ work!

Actually, it’s not the displays that I was most impressed with. I’ve been working on some of the techniques for highlighting success criteria that I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I’ve also taken on board some of Kirsten Anne’s ideas from last month’s post on writing codes.

One of the displays includes a key which explains various content / language points students had to use in their writing:

Students used the symbols to highlight where they used each language point in their writing:

(note: I still need to correct a few things!)

I know, this isn’t exactly rocket science. I’ve seen Kirsten Anne marking books for her primary classes and these techniques are pretty standard. Still, it’s a great way for learners to show they understand the target language and can use it effectively. It makes my marking a lot easier too!

Click here for another example of a creative display.

Lesson tip: creative displays

The other day I did a creative writing activity with my teen class (ages 12-13). The activity was based on the teacher resources in house displayEnglish in Mind, and it worked well. Students had to describe the colours, sounds and smells in their house, and write about things like their favourite place to be in the house, what they might change about their living room, etc. It was quite a free task, but I set a few challenges to include certain language structures we’d covered (e.g. similes).

Anyway, I gave each student a piece of paper to write their ideas on, and they added a bit of colour afterwards. I’d shaped each paper so that when they came together they would make the outline of a house. It made quite a nice display and they enjoyed trying to fit the pieces together. Here’s how it looked:

house display 2You could do this for a lot of different activities, it just adds a bit of creativity to your classroom displays. Make sure your students write on the correct side of each paper though – I marked the correct side with a little dot.

If you try this type of thing out please take a picture, I’d love to see some other ideas as my displays often look a little boring!