I find descriptive posters to be an amazing learning tool for students. I teach the content as I normally would, we do class activities, and labs as usual, then as an assessment, students are directed to create a poster showcasing their knowledge. This is a great assessment tool for students with test anxiety and for those who like expressing themselves through art. As the posters are created, students are building connections in their minds as the content is gone over and over. When posters are complete, we will do a scavenger hunt, mini-presentations, or some other way for students to view each others work. I also give a traditional assessment and it is often very obvious who spent time and made a quality poster. Pictured are two examples of an Ecosystems poster. I have also used posters for Periodic Table Families, the Layers of the Atmosphere, the Solar System, and Earth, Moon, and Sun Relationships. I will post more pictures as I take them.
I earned my teaching degree in 2007 and was hired immediately. I help students become involved in their learning through many types of interactions. I began using foldables and lap booking 2 years ago and am transitioning to interactive notebooking this year.