Posters are an extremely useful and important tool for teachers. They help enable visualisation in the classroom which can be uniquely beneficial in furthering student learning. Research within the field of cognitive science has proven that information displayed in a visual manner can support students immensely. Dual coding theory indicates that information that is processed verbally and visually are processed differently from one another and is a vital aspect of cognition.
One of the benefits of posters in the classroom is that they are fantastic in making learning fun. This being said, let’s explore some of the other advantages posters have within education.
Children of any age are greatly impacted by the things they see. As a result of this, posters placed on the wall within classrooms can have a strong positive impact on the education process as well as the development of a child’s personality.
Bright and colourful posters with motivational imagery and phrases can be very beneficial in encouraging the desire to learn and help children get through challenging times.
Motivational posters within classrooms help form a strong base for a child’s success in their learning and can help spark curiosity about the world around them.
They can be an extremely valuable tool in raising spirits and promoting a positive atmosphere. Messages of encouragement displayed on classroom walls can help provide encouragement, especially to children who are unsure of their own abilities and require additional encouragement to perform at a higher level within their studies.
Many who consider us daydreamers may relate to the memories of being in a classroom, staring out the window and being unfocused on the tasks at hand. Being unable to hold your attention during your schooling years can have serious impacts on a child’s educational progress as retaining information can be made a lot more difficult.
This is why eye-catching and colourful posters within the classroom can be very impactful within education. Bright and colourful displays that remind students of different topics they have studied can be very attention-grabbing, meaning that even children who struggle to focus in class may learn more about the world around them just by glancing around the room. Many of us who consider ourselves to be daydreamers are often also very creative-minded and may also benefit from using these displays as a great source of inspiration. Creativity is an immensely useful attribute for anybody to have and by having these displays within a classroom, students may be inspired to think outside the box, especially in subjects such as literacy and art.
Statistics in the field of learning state that 65% of people are “visual learners” meaning that they need to be able to see information in a visual manner in order to retain it. For many, reading long chunks of text or listening to long lectures about a particular topic can be overwhelming as it can be hard to retain important information, especially when there is a lot to remember.
This is where posters can also be of great benefit as they can present information in a less overwhelming yet eye-catching manner that can have a long-lasting impact on a child’s memory. For example, a child studying the biology of plants and the process of photosynthesis might find merely reading about the topic especially daunting especially with all the scientific jargon that goes into explaining the process. However, an eye-catching visual display that visualises the process step by step of how flowers grow might serve to be much more effective in breaking down the process into simple steps and help the child understand the process much clearer.
They’re Useful for Teachers Too!
Posters within classrooms are not just beneficial for children. They can be a great aid for teachers in making topics that on the surface do not sound interesting - a little more exciting. Additionally, they can be used alongside verbal teaching to demonstrate ideas and put them into context.
Displays that are set out to encourage good behaviour can also be helpful for teachers. For example, many classrooms implement a “star of the week” type display as a way for giving well behaved and hardworking children recognition for their efforts. Tools such as these can be useful for teachers in maintaining a healthy working environment and minimizing disruptions. Additional posters that can help better the learning atmosphere within a classroom and support teachers can include posters detailing the rules of the classroom and additional information such as packing up instructions for the end of the day.
What Makes for a Good Poster?
In order to get the most out of a poster to aid student learning, motivate and spark creativity the posters must be set up to facilitate this.
But what makes a good poster?
It must be clear what topics the posters are addressing and should be understandable at a glance.
The expression “less is more” could not apply any more fittingly for classroom posters. They should be very visual with minimal words, leaving the bulk of in-depth reading and study to tasks set during class teaching sessions. Too much information will only serve to make the posters daunting to read and will not be fun to look at.
The written material and imagery used within posters in the classroom should be relevant to material within a child’s education curriculum. By ensuring this children can use these posters as handy reminders when they forget information about a topic they are studying.
Posters should be fun. They should not be boring to look at and should inspire a child’s willingness to engage with their studies and learn about the world. This can easily be achieved with the use of eye-catching imagery surrounding fascinating topics such as science and music and should make the most of colourful bold minimal text that leaves an imprint on a child’s memory.
Posters within a classroom must be easily interpreted from a distance in order to ensure that no matter where you are sitting within the classroom that you can understand its message. This is also especially important in classrooms where there are children with poor sight and may struggle to read posters that are too small and have too small text.
Effective Classroom Poster Ideas
In order to keep kids organized and remind children of the structure of their day, flipcharts can be very effective in reminding students what day of the week and the date it is. This is especially useful for young children in encouraging an awareness of the world around them and getting them used to rules around numerical date pronunciation, for example, “th” and “nd”.
Additionally, a reward chart can be very effective in motivating children to perform and behave well within the classroom as they can be recognised on a visual display on the wall for the hard work they have done.
Posters can be very effective in reinforcing positive behaviours amongst children. This does not have to just be the generic classroom rules type posters either. For example, in order to be a good learner and perform well in school, a good and healthy diet is really important. Visual displays could show children all the different food groups and highlight the benefits of eating a healthy diet on both their bodies and brains.
Geography can be a great subject to implement visual learning strategies that prevent the boredom of mere book reading and audible learning from listening to the teacher. There are many great and simple ideas you can implement within the classroom such as maps of the globe which can be used by teachers to show children where a particular country they are studying is located. These can also be great as they can be used to facilitate games where children can guess the location of particular countries and continents.
Additionally, religious education is a particularly important subject within a child’s education to help them understand those with different beliefs to themselves and learn how to respect other people’s religious beliefs. There are many eye-catching ways religious information can be displayed within the classroom such as visual displays detailing the five pillars of Islam or even representations of different Hindu gods.
History can often be a difficult subject to teach as there is a never-ending quantity of dates to remember. Classroom posters can be greatly beneficial here as you can portray key events in history with pictures and have the dates attached in bold and colourful text that is easier to remember. For example, if a class is learning about the different Kings and Queens of England throughout history, you could include a display with a picture of each monarch with the dates in which they ruled displayed alongside each.
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