In an earlier post I noted that one of the two schools I work out have an inspection/assessment team coming in at the end of the month. I have been working with teachers and parent volunteers helping to get student work out in the hall and generally make our walls "pop" for visitors.
This is something I actually enjoy doing and I enjoyed it when I was a classroom teacher but I understand how time consuming it is. I spent many late nights at school putting together an awesome display only to replace it the next month. Time is definitely at a premium at this school and making wall displays is pretty low on most teachers lists (except the super crafty teachers and even they are coming in early, staying late, or working on the weekends to put something up).
This has got me thinking about displays that can be left up all year. I wrote about this earlier in regards to science wall displays. Now my focus has shifted to the social studies teachers. I thought it would be a good idea to put up a giant timeline in the wall and as events are studied students would add to the timeline (taking the students from the beginning of a time period to the end). I talked two of our Social Studies teachers into letting me put them up and they very generously loaned me some students to get them caught up to speed on their timelines.