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September 3, 2009

Learning Murals: Providing a Backdrop for Learning

By Eric Antuna

    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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    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
    Photo 5

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