Math classroom decoration ideas

In this post are ideas for decorating your math classroom to make it a welcoming and helpful space for your students. I include links to posters to boost math confidence and math word walls to support math vocabulary. There are ideas here for decorating elementary, middle and high school math classrooms.

I've written a lot about the benefits I've seen come from hanging student work and math word walls. But I didn't always have my classroom bulletin boards covered. It wasn't until a few years after my first year teaching that I started decorating my classroom. Here's a photo of one of the first anchor charts I made for my students-- a poster for the Quadratic Formula. 

hand-drawn Quadratic Formula anchor chart, since replaced with a printed version

That first year, most of my posters were made out of poster board and cut colored paper. As the years went on and the colors began to fade, I started swapping the handmade references with printable versions. This way I didn't have to worry if a reference fell off the wall and was stepped on, or drawn on by a student's younger sibling during Open House. This radical functions anchor chart had seen much better days by the time it retired:

hand-drawn radical functions anchor chart, since replaced with a printed version

There was a positive change in my classroom once I started adding student work and décor to the walls. Even my seniors liked seeing their work displayed. Here is a photo of our classroom Fridge where students hung their graded papers:

Most of the time even my juniors and seniors choose to hang their papers on our classroom Fridge instead of bringing them home. I also like having their papers displayed. On tough days, days that my students feel they "can't", I can point to their wonderful work on the wall and say, "Yes you can!". 

At the beginning of the school year as students enter your classroom for the first time, this Welcome, Math Person poster reminds them that they are all math people.

This post is a collection of math classroom decoration ideas, some from my own classroom, some printables I've made for teachers, and photos that teachers have sent to me of their own math classroom décor. 

Here is a Practice Makes Better poster to remind students that perfect is overrated. Great things happen when we work hard, get better and stop worrying about being perfect. Making mistakes is important and the way we grow, especially in math class. I hope this poster helps students remember this.

To me, math confidence is everything. When students are confident, they can push through that tough math topic or at least be more willing to try. That confidence can be tough to build and comes from more than just classroom décor. But I do believe that the decorations we hang in our classrooms can help.

Are you looking for math classroom decor ideas? In this post there are ideas for decorating elementary, middle and high school math classrooms. Includes links to free pdf posters, math word walls and other fun ideas to add to your math classroom decor.

Here is a photo of my math classroom's first math word wall, complete with hand-painted factoring references, a few printed posters and some math vocabulary cards. 

Since taking this photo, I have majorly updated my math word wall, along with every other I've made for 2nd grade through algebra 2. Over the years teachers have sent their classroom word wall teacher photos. Every photo is different, reflecting every teacher's unique classroom.

Geometry word wall | parallel lines cut by a transversal before the poster was updated (this one is made from cut paper)

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 is made with cut paper and marker on cardstock. It faded over time, so I updated with this print version:

Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal Poster and Coloring Page updated pdf version

This order of operations mobile is part of my blog's free math resource library. There are letters included to make GEMDAS, GEMS and a few other acronyms.

The mobile has since been updated with an "Order of Operations" card for the top of the mobile.

Teachers have sent me so many great photos of their classrooms and seeing them all has made me so happy. This one was sent over by Ms. Koehler of her geometry word wall.
And this is a photo of Ms. Paulus's 5th grade math word wall
Mr. Urzua shared a photo of his math word wall on Instagram. I love the black background. 

Ms. Woodworth brought her math classroom décor outside and hung hundreds of matholution math pennants in her school's courtyard.

“How to be a Math Person” - inspirational math classroom decor

How many times have you heard, "I'm just not a math person" from students when they get stuck? No way. We are all math people. This "How to be a Math Person" poster reminds all students that math is for all of us. 

How cute is Ms. Lyons's How to be a Math Person mural? Her friend painted it on her classroom wall and totally nailed it! 

“I KNOW I CAN” Poster - inspirational math classroom decor 3 Ratings  Show preview image 1  Show preview image 2  Show preview image 3    Grade Levels Not Grade Specific Subjects Math, Classroom Community Resource Type Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters Formats Included PDF Pages 5 pages FREE Edit Download PDF (267 KB) Share this resource Report this resource to TpT

Here is an "I Know I Can" motivational classroom poster with words from Nas. I heard from a bunch of teachers that their students thought the words were from Lil Nas X. Nothing makes a person feel older, lol. There are directions to enlarge PDFs in this post.

This back to school math pennant with a Golden Spiral theme helps students get to know each other at the beginning of the year. 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.

Back to School Math Activity and Glyph

My friend Karrie from Mrs. E Teaches Math sent this photo of her students' back to school math pennants. How about that wood paneling? There are more math pennants to see here.

Functions Skeleton Posters - high school math classroom decor

If you're into Halloween and teach algebra or algebra 2, this is a free set of 12 posters with skeletons posing as algebraic functions. It's a fun set to display in the fall. 

Ms. Page sent this photo with little Santa hats on her skeleton functions to extend their life through the winter holidays!

Function Transformations Poster - high school math classroom decor

This function transformations poster helps students remember what absolute value, radical and quadratic functions look like when they transform.

place value (billions) math word wall reference

I made this billions place value reference for a 4th grade teacher who needed it for her classroom's word wall. You can grab it from my dropbox here

And an Albert Einstein poster to remind us that even geniuses write in their math notebooks.

math pennants are a fun way to show off student work

How do you like to decorate your walls? Do you believe less is better, go all out or are you somewhere in the middle? If you're part of the Visual Math Facebook group, I'd love to see your photos!


  1. Thank 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

    1. Algeria! 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!

  2. Nice indeed!
    I would love to share the walls from my classroom too. We mostly have math formula as students want to remember for solving problems.

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

  3. I 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?

    1. Thank 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.

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

    Thanks again!

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

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

    1. Thanks for asking, Elisabeth. They are a free download on the OK Math website here:

  6. Thank you so much. I am from Nigeria,hope to learn more from you .

  7. I thought I saw on your blog a wall decoration for a daily or weekly calculation/word problem posting. Do you still have it?

    1. I don't think it was here, but I do know that my friend Alex over at Middle School Math Man has a Challenge of the Week:

  8. what font do you use?

    1. I use a lot of fonts from Kimberly Geswein. Her fonts are free for personal use on TPT.

  9. AnonymousJune 03, 2023

    Thank you for the ideas. I am a new Mathematics teacher here in the Philippines. You are a very great help.

    1. Congratulations on your new math teaching job!