Do you love touring classrooms and looking at teachers’ walls and anchor charts as much as I do? I recently had the chance to visit several classrooms at a local New Tech school and thought I’d share. Seeing classroom walls can be so inspiring.
Classroom Climate & Culture
A quick look around a classroom gives you a feel for the climate and culture of the the classroom at the school. Building a positive classroom culture takes planning and time but can impact student learning immensely. These classrooms had evidence of teaching collaboration and fostering a growth mindset. I love the sense of community and ownership that can be built by displaying student work.
Creating an anchor chart and displaying it in the classroom allows students to refer back to learning. We saw anchor charts for math, language arts and norms.
Project Based Learning
Our school is a STEAM school and the one we visited is a STEM school. We saw a lot of great PBL walls. We saw examples of project time lines, academic vocabulary, student participation, and finished projects.
Which of these pictures inspired you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!