Inspiration Wall

Have an area on the wall where students can post their ideas or questions at any time with sticky notes or dry erase pens.

Photo of Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

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Throughout the day, students could post their ideas or questions to the inspiration/curiosity wall. At various points during the day, organized visits (by table, small group) could visit the wall to add to the inspiration or answer questions that exist.

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

Students can record their questions in real time and would be able to experience the design thinking process in having them answered.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • All of the above

Evaluation results

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1. Do you love this idea?

Yes! I love it. - 100%


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Photo of Kevin Jarrett

Hi! We are doing this in my school - but instead of IdeaPaint (which we have used, and didn't really like) we are using another brand (Sherwin Williams Dry Erase Coating) and it is great (and much less expensive.) We also have replaced bulletin boards in our school with showerboard inserts from Home Depot, making them giant whiteboards in one fell swoop! Kids love 'em!

Photo of Aisha Sheikh

Hi Cathy, this is a very simple idea but one that can be done very easily! Thanks for the idea. It's a good way to have anonymous feedback and while this may require monitoring, it's a very generative mode for brainstorming ideas!

Photo of Paula Marra

Hi Cathy,
I love your idea! I am wondering how that would look like for different grades. Cheers,

Photo of Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

I think it could work for all grades, if the expectations were set up front. I also like Dan's idea of scaling down to individual whiteboards to be displayed in a central location.

Photo of Margaret Goldstein

Your idea inspired this mashup of an inspiration wall!

Photo of Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

I love your idea, especially how you visualized the process!

Photo of Dan Ryder

Wondering how might we make this work without idea paint? Wondering if a pile of mini dry erase boards and a shelf book shelf where they can be displayed might accomplish similar? Maybe?

Photo of Cathy Cheo-Isaacs

I saw these amazing marker board tables last weekend! What if there was a way to capture and send to the inspiration wall, ideas on surfaces, whether it be whiteboard slates or student desktops. Would the getting up to post be too distracting? I'm going to try to figure out how to post a pic via phone. Thanks for your input!

Photo of Ellen Deutscher

I ditto James' comments! I also like the idea of creating such a visual space where everyone has access!!

Photo of James Campbell

I like the simplicity of the idea and how flexible it seems.
I wonder what will be the next step in the process.

Photo of Molly McMahon

Cathy - so cool! I want all my walls to be covered in idea paint! Do you have a picture you could share? Or even an image to put up that could help us visualize your board? Thanks!