I didn't really use my word walls to their full potential during this first year of teaching. I think I updated them about three times over the course of the school year. I never created words for the last few units of each subject.
|Algebra 2 Word Wall|
|Algebra 1 Word Wall|
I put up the words randomly, and I think that was a mistake. I'm going to replace the fun fonts with a font that can be easily read from across the classroom. Next year, I think I want to color-code the words by unit. And, I want to put the units up in a linear fashion. I know it won't be as "cute," but I think it will be more functional and lead to a higher level of usage by my students. If they are looking for a word that they have learned recently, they will look at the most recently added words. If they've forgotten a word from the beginning of the school year, they can quickly look at the first sets of words.
Next year, I will prompt my students to use the word wall more often. When I want my students to express themselves using more specific and appropriate terms, I can direct them to the word wall. The word wall in my classroom will only be as useful as I make it. Next year, it will add more than just color to my walls. It will add to the learning environment.