When teaching math to high school students, one task that you, the teacher, must accomplish is getting the students excited about your subject. By taking the time to decorate your classroom, you will make the room more inviting and get students excited about coming to your class. When decorating a classroom, it is important to add decorations that not only make the room more inviting, but to make space educational and optimal for learning to take place.
Hang educational posters that relate to the topics you will be teaching. The posters can be any size; distribute them around the room evenly. Quotes of famous mathematicians, useful formulas and illustrations of concepts are good poster material. Adhere these posters to the wall with tape or sticky tacks.
Create bulletin boards that are exciting for students. Most classrooms have a bulletin board that teachers can use to display announcements, but you can also use this space for decoration. Line the cork board with a brightly colored paper. Staple a border (math themed would be most appropriate) around the outside. The theme of the board can be whatever topic you want, and you can change it monthly. Make the board interactive, like a game, to really catch the students' interest.
Ask your students to create posters as an assignment or for extra credit. For example, if you are studying Paschal's Triangle, a student can create the triangle and write a one-page explanation of its uses in mathematic theory. Hang the posters around the room so the students can be proud of their work.
Hang exceptional tests or reports around the room as the year progresses. Having a "Wall of Fame" in your classroom can give exceptional students a goal and keep them motivated.
Create shapes out of construction paper and hang them around the room for geometry students. On or under each shape, you can write the name and other information, like the formula, for finding the area. These "decorations" can also act as references for your students throughout the year.
Rely on your artistic students to come up with ideas for the room. The more you let them help, the more connected to the classroom they will feel.
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