There are plenty of different learning aids that educators can make use of, including the humble poster. If you look around most classrooms, you’ll find plenty of educational posters decorating the walls, and yet people tend to underestimate the value that those posters hold. This can lead some teachers, as well as lots of home-schooling parents, to keep their own learning environments quite bare, but that can be a real mistake.
Here are just a few reasons why every classroom deserves plenty of educational posters.
Educational posters tend to use bright colours, bold text, and eye-catching imagery, and that’s no coincidence. Eye-catching and visually appealing posters help make a classroom more stimulating. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to learn when you’re in a vibrant environment compared to a completely unadorned room.
They Reinforce Vital Information
Even though posters will usually provide educational information, students will rarely learn from them directly. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t an important and beneficial part of the educational process. For example, a maths classroom might have a poster that shows the Pythagorean theorem. Until a child has actually been taught that theorem, they probably won’t understand the meaning behind that poster. However, after they have learnt it, having the poster their during every class prevents that information from slipping their mind.
They Provide Useful Learning Aids
Even though students don’t tend to learn directly from posters, they can still be used as effective learning aids. Let’s return to our Pythagorean theorem. A poster will probably show a triangle alongside all the steps needed to work your way through. When a teacher needs to talk about the Pythagorean theorem, they will be able to use the poster as a visual aid instead of having to draw instructions and diagrams on the board.