The usual posters of Poe, Twain, and Shakespeare stare down at my students as we work. Tons of tchotchkes and students’ prom pictures fill the front of my room; my back wall cabinets, though, are gray and bare.
I reserve those cabinet doors for a revolving display of student work. Unfortunately, I’m not very artsy-craftsy with my assignments and posting copies of graded essays doesn’t exactly engage eyeballs, so I struggle at times to find appropriate things to post on those doors.
One solution? Colorful sticky notes and an invitation for students to add to the decorative display.
Recently, I grabbed a few favorites from my Micro Fiction lesson and posted them along with an invitation for kids in all my classes to join the creative writing fun.
Here’s how it looks:
Students (and administrators!) love the interactive quality of these types of displays.
Interested? You can use my Micro Fiction lesson materials located here or how about:
• posting a cool photo and inviting students to build their own haiku?
• posting a nearly finished poem and having students contribute the final rhyming couplet?
• posting a few funny or weird news articles and encouraging students to write headlines?
All you need is to display a fun little writing task and be ready with lots of Post-It Notes.
Teach on, everyone!
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