Displaying Student Work on "The Fridge"

Students love hanging their papers on the wall in our class

I'm not sure I'd believe it if I wasn't a high school teacher, but my high school Math students love displaying their good work on our classroom bulletin board! Most of the time when I ask students if they want to put their papers on our Fridge, they choose to hang them up in our classroom instead of taking them home. To me, confidence is 99% of Math. When a kid feels confident, Math becomes easier (making my job easier!). The best ways I have found to boost confidence in my classroom is by creating word walls for students to reference and by offering my students a place to display their hard work. 

That fun photo above is from Australian Instagrammer @igeewithmissbee who downloaded these FREE "The Fridge" pennant letters and created her own classroom Fridge! I loved seeing this so much! It made me so so so so happy!

Running out of room...
When we run out of magnets and students ask where they should put their papers, we just pile new papers on top of old ones. Nothing really comes down until the end of the year, which works in my classroom because my classes are small. I have some regular magnets and also some of those super strong ones that my husband uses to put his hobby stuff together. The super strong ones will go through a whole bunch of papers so the layers can get pretty deep:)

So what's on The Fridge?
I'm glad you asked! Nothing at first! Here, a teacher friend tweeted a photo of her Fridge that she set up before school started. At first it's completely empty, but as the year goes on more and more papers will appear:)

"The Fridge" confidence builder for student work

Our fridge is covered with mainly Algebra 2 papers with a few Consumer Math papers sprinkled in here and there. We do interactive notebooks in consumer Math so there are less chances to hang work. Even my seniors love hanging their work! 

Word walls
Another super important part of our room is our word walls. I really can't imagine teaching without them, and you can imagine the panic that set in when we got an email about fire code! Thankfully our word walls were cleared:) You can read more about our classroom word walls in this post.

math word wall ideas

More classroom ideas
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  1. LOVE the Fridge! Since I already use a metal cabinet to display work, I may just change the name!! :)

  2. I believe high school students like having they're work displayed even though they're older! Everyone likes others to notice their hard work and success.

  3. Hahaha this is a great idea! I love the name and I'm sure your students feel pretty special to see their best work displayed for everyone to see.

  4. Love "The Fridge!" High-schoolers are just big kids--they love showing off their work. Great idea!

  5. What a great idea! I bet it brings out the elementary kid that's still inside all of them. How fun!

  6. I love how you call your student work display "The Fridge." It creates a positive, warm, loving message.

  7. What a fabulous idea! Love it! It really builds a positive culture in the classroom and among the students.

  8. My students post goals and dreams on a bulletin board. They love to stand and read what others have written. We all celebrate when someone meets their goal. I love the fridge ideas.