This came up in the blog about teaching classrooms with 40 students, and I, having just finished putting all my ideas together, thought it would be a good idea to start a new post and offer some of my own activities. The reasons why I decided to start decorating my classroom:
1. It was sparse to begin with and was just way to beige!
2. I wanted to give the students things to do in their own spare time.
3. I wanted to start using them as alternatives to punishments: just get the student focusing on something with English.
The results I've seen so far:
1. Students actually take the time to look at the student's board and see what has been produced by their peers.
2. Students will randomly start messing around with some of the wall activites (I've seen it most with the ABC touch to learn), but it's nice to see students come in and be interested in something without any help from the teachers.
3. The activities as alternative punishment keeps the recidivism down a little; students who are used to being punished don't really know what to make of just doing an activity. They're not sure if it's punishment or not, and they tend not to hold a grudge against it.
Here's my favorite one:
You can download the other ones here:
What else have you done with your rooms? Any activity plans you've been thinking of doing, but haven't gotten off the ground?
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