Learning Murals: Providing a Backdrop for Learning

By Eric Antuna on September 3, 2009

After our classrooms are set up, some of us may find that our gaping windows - although we love the light - sometimes provide too many distractions for our students. The solution?  A Learning Mural!



So, I have to admit, it's not my original idea. But it's an idea I'd love to share with all of you. Tempera paint on the window works fantastic! No need to go to the store and buy the expensive window paint, this works fabulous! Clean up might be a bit tricky, but for student engagement it's worth it! I have to thank my good friend Amanda Gonzales for this idea. She has inspired many teachers to do their windows in two of our district's schools. As the word spreads, I'm sure more will follow! 

Here's the gist: paint your window with some academic skill that students need to know.  Some ideas are: different colored bubbles with antonyms and synonyms; a "synonym skyscraper"; an image from the unit you are working on; antonym alley, etc.

Now, there's some of us who don't have windows...so, create the next best thing: a poster mural that looks like a window with the same skill. 

I know that many of us do not have the time to paint these murals, however, I must say they are very therapeutic and really allow you to express your creativity!

Can wait to see your posts!

Eric
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Comments

Thanx for sharing.

Try using an overhead projector and place a sheet on other side to see image. You can add favorite characters and change out more often.

I had an elementary teacher (5th grade) that did this 30 years ago! She was the only one in the school who painted her windows. I remember the summer before we entered her class. All my friends wanted to be in the "cool" class. LOL Great idea!

I have decided to enjoy the distractions of wildlife outside our window in the school garden. After the kids have been back a month, only the deer come by occasionaly. Last year we saw a red fox and several California Quail in the first month of school. But after that, we may get to work on this idea.

In the past I have mounted student artwork on the windows, tissue paper "stained glass" projects look particularly nice, or fall leaves pressed between waxed paper sheets.

Sarah

What a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful ideas.

Gayle-

Thanks for the comment! Let me know if you have any ideas to share! :)

-Eric

Great idea! I think I may have to apply it to the windows at my apt.

Ade-

I think that's a fabulous idea!

-Eric

Thanks for showcasing my therapy! I love it!! After cleaning your windows this weekend it actually wasn't that hard to get off. I can't wait to see what we do next.

Thanks for this post! I love paint and using it in any way! Just add a few drops of dish soap to the paint and it will come off (when you are ready) a little easier. ;)

Thanks Jennifer!

-Eric

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