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Why we should Ban All Displays in the classroom!

Classroom displays actually hamper learning – so much so that they should be banned. Maths teacher Craig Barton argues his case

I am trying to start a movement, and so far there is only me in it. Part of the problem is I don’t really have a catchy acronym – the best that I can come up with is, rather ironically, BAD. The other issue is that it involves taking something from teachers that they hold very dear.

Yes, I am proposing that we Ban All Displays.

Now, I love nothing more than classroom walls overflowing with wonderful examples of the bright and colourful work that my students have done. And my students love it too. Even the most mathematically reluctant takes a certain amount of pride from having their finest work on display for all to see.

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