During my summer holidays, I had the chance to meet with a friend of mine who is a stage director. When I arrived at his place he was in the midst of finalizing the design of the stage that where the universe of his next play would be born. He asked me to give him a few minutes while he assessed whether the decisions he was making in terms of the visual information he was sharing with the audience made any sense.
His words made me reflect on the classroom as an equivalent of a stage, and whether we, teachers, think of its design with a sense of audience. This realization made me think of the following questions:
- Do we only put up posters to occupy space or to fulfill standards of different boards?
- Do we put up displays because we will intentionally be referring to them throughout the year?
- Do we make choices thinking about how much we can use our displays to teach and support students?
- Have we produced the resources with a sense of audience?
- Is the information in our displays presented in a way our audience will understand?
- Are our walls teaching?
I am happy to be teaching Spanish again after a long time, and I must say that seeing my friend turned out to be a brief yet very powerful PD summer session for I am trying to be a lot more intentional with what I display in my grade 9 Spanish classroom these days.
Below are a few resources I shared on different social media.