Using Collaborative Posters in the Classroom
Have you tried using Collaborative Posters in the Classroom? Collaborative posters are a fantastic way to build a culture of teamwork and unity in your classroom. They can also be used to promote kindness and gratefulness, as a formative assessment activity, and to get to know your students.
Get To Know Your Students Using Collaborative Posters
A fantastic way to get to know your students at the beginning of the year is through our Getting to Know You Collaborative poster. Each student completes one puzzle piece, filling it with symbols and information to reflect who they are. This is a great art project for the first few days of school. While students are completing their puzzle piece, you can rotate around the students and get to know them, using their puzzle design as an easy opener. I would recommend you complete your own piece, too!
The central message reminds the class that although you are all individuals, together you form a complete and awesome class!
We also have a brand new Rocket-themed Back to School Collaborative Poster. This would look great on a wall or bulletin board and is a great way to unite your students at the beginning of the school year.
Encourage a Growth Mindset and Collaboration
Our Pacific Islands Growth Mindset Collaborative Poster is a wonderful way to encourage collaboration and teamwork. Each student gets one or two puzzle pieces to complete, and as a class, you build the complete poster. This poster features authentic Polynesian designs from Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. The Samoan proverb that is featured in the centre of the puzzle,“O le tele o sulu e maua ai figota,” translates in a couple of different ways:
- “Through collaboration, the most difficult challenges can be overcome.”
- “Our strength does not come from us alone but from many.”
What powerful messages to reinforce to your students!
Promote a culture of encouragement
Our Secret Santa Christmas Collaborative Poster serves as a visual reminder of the power of encouragement, while also reinforcing the ideas of teamwork and classroom unity.
Students take part in a “Secret Santa” game and are given the name of another student in the class. They fill this puzzle piece with encouraging words about their “Secret Santee”. As a class, the collaborative poster is created, and the results are beautiful!
Display new learning at the end of a unit
Our new Anzac Day Collaborative Poster has been designed as a summative assessment activity at the end of an Anzac Day unit. Each student completes a puzzle piece to summarise their Anzac Day knowledge. I’ve also made it an editable poster, so you are able to open it in PowerPoint and add your own questions or directions if you wish.
I’d love to see how you use these in your classroom!
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