Teacher Talk: How Should You Display Your Students’ Works?

preschool classroom with student artworks displayed

It may seem like it’s trivial, but it has tremendous benefits: displaying student work. When children know that their paintings, writing drafts or dioramas will be shown to the class, they become more active in improving their work. All fired up, the class then has that collective can-do attitude in the tasks given to them. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of this class culture:

Help Them Track Progress

Some teachers choose to display only the finished products of students, but letting pupils see their drafts and polished work side by side lets them appreciate progress. It also sends them the message that the process behind the finished task is important.

If you lack space, see if you can clear out some clutter, say, some of the work accomplished before. You may let children take them home or keep them in classroom storage for a while.

Include Every Student

There are instances when teachers just pick the best work and have this alone pinned on the bulletin board. Don’t do this. You don’t want to alienate students and start a discriminating culture. Include all students’ work in the displays. Remember that the rationale behind this classroom culture is not to reward a few, but to bring out the can-do attitude in everyone. Let your students be collaborative, more than competitive.

Consult Students

Before putting students’ book review or diorama on display, it’s best to ask what they genuinely think about their work and if they would want it to be shown. There might be instances when they’re uncomfortable displaying their work, so to show respect, consult them.

Displaying student work starts the right culture in the classroom. Embrace these good practices for a livelier, more collaborative class.