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First classroom - display ideas

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by tc350, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. I am in the process of getting my first classroom (I'm an NQT with a July start), and will have the holidays and the end of term to 'do up' my classroom. Anybody got any good ideas for displays or places where I could get hold of good posters etc?
  2. Nazard

    Nazard New commenter

    If you want to go down the buying posters route then there are several good places to look. Follow the hyperlinks below ...
    ATM sell a wonderful Prime Factors poster.
    They also have some really nice postcards.
    The Maths Association have some posters too - you will have to scroll down the page to see them, though.
    Tarquin publishers might be worth a look.
    Ditto Arbelos.
    "Plus" is an online maths magazine. They will send you some posters. [Worth subscribing to receive email updates about Plus too.]
    NRICH occasionally make poster versions of their problems. These need to be downloaded and printed out in colour.
    Have fun in your new job/classroom !

  3. Thank you!
  4. I have printed out posters from various places and laminated them:




    Browse the TES resources mathematics posters and a google search for printable maths posters.
  5. one more:

  6. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    We have all the classic mistakes posters referred to above on our walls - they are excellent. This thread prompted me to put my poster links together in a list - see the Posters link on the left here.
    The list has many of the links mentioned above but there are some others which may be of interest also. Further to Nazard's comment on nrich posters note the link to all their published posters.
  7. Thank you very much for all your helpful posts! My walls will be literally covered!
  8. 007maths

    007maths New commenter

  9. astromouse

    astromouse New commenter

    I put up a maths timeline (of mathematicians through the years and their accomplishments) - it goes half way round the classroom!
    You can always start off blank and get the students to do some good quality work to display as you go.
  10. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Obviously you can't do it yet, but I would aim to put up plenty of students' work as soon as you can. I like the idea of posters they produce to teach how to do something they have just learned themselves. Also, pictorial explanations of things they are likely to get wrong (e.g. a^2+b^2 is not equal to a^2 + b^2) are quite handy when you first teach the stuff and to remind them when they get it wrong later.
  11. Nazard

    Nazard New commenter

    I hate it when they do that, too! [​IMG]

  12. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Before spending your own money, do check with your HoD whether they already have any posters, facilities to print posters, or budget allocated to this sort of thing. (I remember us each being invited to order three posters one year.)
    If you can plan some displayable work in for the first couple of weeks, that would be great - especially with year 7. One clever idea I saw one September was a newly covered and bordered display board, with a single piece of paper on it saying "Work by 7AB coming soon... watch this space."
  13. i am a finishing NQT and what i did with my classroom over the summer was a combo of the suggestions already suggested.

    I used the progression ladders and cut them into actual ladder shapes, used the classical mistake posters all around the classroom and also some posters from daydreameducation. I also did 4 A1 posters myself involving key words for Geometry, Number, Algebra and Data Handling

    Then at the beginning of term i did a data project with my low ability year 10 set to tackle questions as - types of data, presentation of data, purposes for data and used posters for the wall.

    Now i have a complete classroom of displays we have pie charts from Year 9 Room Scale Drawing from Year 8. Specialised Ratio recipes from year 7, pirate maps from year 7, probability scale from year 7 and trigonmetry and pythagoras post it notes from year 11.

    Also get your students early on to make some cubes and cuboids from coloured paper - i split my room into different areas for different year groups.
  14. Sounds like a full classroom! Thanks for all the advice guys, have lots of places to look now, and on new form day this week my new form made some maths posters, so already on the way!
  15. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    I can see from my WordPress stats that people are clicking on the link in my old post above. Having changed themes and structure it doesn't make a lot of sense! Posters link here.


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