I've written a lot about math classroom decor, but I didn't always have my classroom walls covered. It wasn't until years after starting teaching that I hung my first anchor chart.

Photo sent from Ms. Estrada - 6th grade box and whiskers |

Since then, I have come to believe 100% in math word walls for building vocabulary, background knowledge and student confidence. And when a student needs a reminder of past material or that he or she

__CAN__do it, it's so much easier to point to a wall reference than to stop class. Math word walls have completely changed my teaching.

Our math classroom "Fridge" |

In this post I wanted to show you some of the math classroom decorations that have hung in my math classroom over the years. It's all either functional or self-esteem-building.

That first photo above is a bulletin board we call "The Fridge". It's where students hang their graded papers that make them feel proud. Most of the time even my juniors and seniors would rather hang their papers than bring them home.

This is a part of our math word wall that is a total hodgepodge in this photo! I've since updated some parts. You can see more of my classroom word walls in the post High School Math Word Wall Ideas.

Photo sent from Ms. Terry of her math word wall |

There are also some ideas for middle school in this post: Middle School Math Word Wall Ideas.

For a couple years I taught Geometry and the anchor charts above became part of our Geometry word wall. The parallel lines cut by a transversal poster on the bottom faded over time. It's made from cut paper and the fluorescent lights did a number on it.

A couple years later when teaching a study skills class to sophomores, many of them were struggling with angle pairs in their Geometry classes. So this parallel lines cut by a transversal poster was for them. It's a good replacement for the fading cut-paper poster. Students can either use it in their notebooks as a reference or it can be enlarged for the wall.

It soon became clear that just having the slope formula and y=mx+b weren't enough. I found myself drawing linear graphs on the board so much to link our Algebra 2 concepts back to Algebra 1 that I needed a better math word wall reference for linear equations. So that summer came an updated version that worked much better for my students.

Photo sent from Ms. Koehler of her Geometry word wall |

Teachers have sent me so many great photos of their math word walls and seeing them all has made me so happy. I uploaded a bunch of them into the post Classroom math word wall photos shared by Teachers! This one was sent over by Ms. Koehler.

Photo sent from Ms. Paulus of her math word wall |

And this one by Ms. Paulus. There are so many more great ones to see in the post.

Photo sent from Mr. Urzua of his math word wall |

Mr. Urzua shared a photo of his math word wall on Instagram. I love the black background. It make everything pop!

This "How to be a Math Person" poster is one I made recently to remind all students that we are all math people. There is a PNG image to download in that post with a link to where I had made it into a t-shirt.

Here is a Math is for Everyone! classroom poster. There are black and white versions too, for teachers with no free access to a color printer.

If it's the beginning of the school year, this back to school math pennant has a Golden Spiral theme. It comes with a short lesson on the Golden Ratio and optional glyph directions for students to color based on get-to-know-you questions.

It's hard to believe I have made over 100 math pennants. This one here is a multiplying fractions math pennant.

This slope tree is a fun way for students to show off their understanding of slope between two points while also decorating their classroom. It can be found in this post about slope.

And here is a free slope poster download.

I love classroom decor that is functional and that makes a classroom an inviting and low-stress place to learn. Knowing the references are always there for them encourages my students to take risks and independently seek help when they get stuck.

I just recently put together a financial literacy word wall. This photo shows some of the pieces included.

How do you like to decorate your walls? If you're part of the Visual Math Facebook group, I'd love for you to post your photos!

This is really intresting.. I was using the fridge posters all along which i think is effective to motivate the students but not effective to be informative.

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Thank you Christine! My students really seem to like seeing their work on the wall. I hope you have a great year!

DeleteThank you so it's a wonderful idea i will use it this year ....i wish i can find someone here to share with me ideas about math ....i'm from Algeria.......thanks in advance

ReplyDeleteAlgeria! Wow! Thank you for your comment! We have a math group on Facebook called Visual Math where teachers share ideas about teaching math to visual learners. I hope you will join!

DeleteNice indeed!

ReplyDeleteI would love to share the walls from my classroom too. We mostly have math formula as students want to remember for solving problems.

Thank you Keshab! I hope you have a wonderful school year!

DeleteI love these a lot! I just finished my first year and only wish I had found this post before. I will be incorporating some of these ideas next year! When you give tests, do you cover over the word walls or leave them up?

ReplyDeleteThank you for asking, Allison. I never covered the walls for tests. Anything that I gave in class wasy fair game to use on any assessments I gave. That being said, I had the luxury of creating the curriculum we used in class because there was no self-contained Algebra 2 or Consumer Math curriculum. If the state test was given in my room, the walls would definitely have to be covered though.

DeleteThank you for share your ideas!! I really like it! I will do it in my classroom (im a math teacher from the Patagonia Argentina).

ReplyDeleteThanks again!

Hello from Massachusetts, US! Thank you for your comment! I hope you have a wonderful school year!

DeleteDo you have the parent function people somewhere that I can purchase them or access them elsewhere?

ReplyDeleteThanks for asking, Elisabeth. They are a free download on the OK Math website here: http://okmathteachers.com/algebra-aerobics/

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