Students and parents need to be assured by the school’s atmosphere and overall presentation while walking around and engaging with the hallways, classrooms and common areas. What better way to engage them than with quality classroom visuals? Customized layouts of learning materials, poster-sized photographs of the school’s own smiling children & faculty, and awards that recognize exceptional students are wonderful ways to build a genuine community within the school and encourage everyone’s success.
Changing Classroom Visuals Often and Easily
If the collateral the students see around school and classrooms never change, they will eventually tune it all out. In order to create a fresh and exciting atmosphere, a school has to occasionally freshen itself up, and the only way this happens is if a school makes it easy for their staff to create new visuals.
When teachers have to provide their own visuals for their classrooms, it can either be expensive to buy or time-consuming to create. The teacher must come up with designs, find photographs and often will pay for the final product out-of-pocket. When a teacher is busy and paying for their own teaching materials and other school supplies, changing their classroom visuals can be daunting and unfeasible, economically. Finding a way to help teachers create these relevant visuals easily and affordably can provide the support and acknowledgement that what they are doing is important and worth their time.
Better Behavior and a Sense of Pride
Looking at any entity that’s trying to build a positive culture, be it a military group, a sports team or a business, you’ll see they all display their pride. They hang up quotes, mission statements and taglines for motivation, they tout the rules that they follow and the great achievements they’ve had. Schools can do the same. To promote good behavior, a school can hang it’s code of conduct in the hallways and teachers can have their own specific to their classrooms. Pictures of alumnus and mascots can promote school spirit. A mural from a street artist can provide a hip, artistic culture or maybe something black and white for a classic culture. If you want your school to have a culture, the school itself, from staff to teacher has to display it proudly.
Helping the Teacher Show, not Tell, the Students
Everyone can remember being stumped by a math problem. And why not? Math feels abstract until students can visualize it; it’s a bunch of rules and the reasoning behind them can be difficult to understand at first. When dividing two fractions, multiply the divisor by the reciprocal? Why? Shrug.
This “indifference” is how many students feel. It makes them feel less than confident . When they have visual learning tools to help show why a rule needs to be followed, however, it’s easier to remember. Instead of verbally explaining a problem to the class, a teacher can show the student with meaningful classroom visuals. If the rule is displayed on a poster in the classroom, students will continue to engage with the material until it makes sense. By creating an environment conducive to learning, a school creates a positive learning culture.
Engaging the Daydreamers With Their Eyes
80% of what we perceive is through sight. Remember when your attention wandered and you started looking around the room? Savvy, enabled teachers can use this daydreaming to their advantage with posters and cut outs about the battles being taught in History or by setting images behind poems being studied in Literature. Classroom visuals like large photographs of real situations showing us abstract concepts can help engage students.
Making People Feel Special
Between losing recess privileges, getting detention and being sent to the principal’s office, students are getting plenty of discipline, but what about positive recognition? When shiny star stickers lose their allure, professional looking plaques and awards can really make a difference. A teacher equipped with the proper tools can also create games to hang on the wall to incentivize good behavior. Imagine a poster that allows the class to move the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria closer to the U.S.A., if they did their homework and can answer the teacher’s questions that day.
The Right Tools for the Job
Teachers can’t afford to purchase their own classroom visuals, let alone turn them over as the curriculum changes throughout the year. Schools looking to improve their culture need to provide basic tools like a poster and cutout makers for their staff. Many of these tools come with their own design center and design templates that make it easy to generate professional looking visuals for the classroom, hallways, and campus in minutes.
With easy-to-construct classroom visuals, the entire school’s culture benefits. By creating interactive and engaging learning experiences using visuals, students will learn cognitively, teachers can contribute their expertise demonstratively and everyone will actually enjoy and benefit!