Posters for your classroom: Little Whispers "Remembering Why I Teach" Series-- Six Mini Desktop Posters
little whispers™ is a new concept from Silvestris Educational Publications—5” x 7” mini “desktop posters” that you print yourself. They can be framed, attached to a backing, used as bookmarks, or slipped under binder covers. Some teachers have creatively used them as covers for small books. Since you print them yourself, you can make as many copies as you need, on whatever type of stock your printer can handle. They look particularly attractive when printed on card stock and framed.
All little whispers™ desktop posters are themed in concept, content, and design. They are meant for teachers rather than students. They convey messages that are both primary and elementary to all good teaching. Thus, they are set in a font that recalls the simple printing seen on any elementary chalk or whiteboard. Their messages are fundamental and affirming, so a soothing green is used for the text, on a soft cream background: positive, gentle colors that possess quiet energy and that reinforce their affirmations. The six posters in the “Remembering Why I Teach” series contain statements designed to remind us that a teacher’s perspective is a crucial element of his or her effectiveness. They speak of those things that are important to our perspective as teachers, yet tend to be the very things we forget in the daily “business” of the classroom.
We all know the importance of keeping a healthy and balanced perspective in all that we do in the classroom. But it is often difficult to keep this in the forefront of our thinking as we go about our daily business. That tiny gap is where little whispers™ mini posters enter the picture. They are designed to remind us of the most important things in our teaching—the things that can’t be tested or quantified, but which pervade every aspect of every interaction between us and our students. Every teacher must work within a context in which it is recalled that every student is someone’s child (and thus deserves to be treated as our own), that every student has a variety of needs (and that some are much more needy than others), that every teacher has a variety of needs (and that some are much more needy than others), that every student will forget some of what we teach them (but not the way we treat them), that students are busy making their lives (while we are busy making our livings). These are not things that we put in our plan books. Yet, does any one of us have the right to plan even one lesson if we lose sight of them?
little whispers™ mini posters are designed to give us gentle, quiet reminders throughout the day. They will amplify our own voices in calling us back to our origins as teachers. Print them out and place them:
• in frames on your desk
• between pages of your books
• in the closet where you keep your coat
• under transparent binder covers
• in your plan book and roll book
• next to your computer monitor
• in your file drawers
• anywhere you can see them as you go through your day