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  • How Can the Arts Improve Academic Performance?

    As educators, we always want students to succeed and excel, and look for ways to encourage that growth.

    In recent years, researchers have studied many aspects of academic success. Educational research now draws connections between success in strictly academic subjects and the participation in arts programs. The body of research has grown immensely over the past years, showing a correlation between the two.

    A study published by Abigail Todhunter-Reid of the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University stated, “arts education (minutes per week of art and music instruction) positively predicted academic achievement and growth in reading and mathematics from kindergarten to 5th-grade. Moreover, the positive associations increased in strength as students progressed to later grades.” She is not alone in these findings, and in fact, many studies find similar results.

    In music programs alone, students learn a variety of skills that help them in other areas. An article in the Washington Post on this states that music education can help to develop “a wide variety of different skills, including memory and spatial learning…language skills such as verbal memory, literacy and verbal intelligence.” This helps students to perform well in reading and mathematics courses, despite no direct instruction toward the subjects.

    Similarly, visual arts students learn to develop their spatial learning, organizational skills, visual memory, and emotional development. These students come to their other subjects more prepared, and able to see connections that other students may miss. The students also are allowed an opportunity to learn history through the study of other artists, which can aid them greatly in reading and composition courses. The study from Rutgers University found these effects grew more profound over time, with students who sustained the arts education improving more overall.

    Performing arts like dance and theatre show some of the most profound impacts, as students who learn to perform learn valuable skills that help in classrooms and beyond. Public speaking, verbal skills, memorization, emotional intelligence, literacy, and so on, are all developed by reading and rehearsing a play. Students who have the opportunity to perform often feel a sense of accomplishment, which can motivate them to achieve elsewhere as well. Additionally, this provides a chance for physical engagement which, especially at an elementary level, can be hugely beneficial to students’ focus in their classes.

    In total, allowing students the opportunity to develop as artists is better for them in many ways. Teachers can always endeavor to bring arts-based learning into a classroom, or simply allow for creative time. Parents can encourage artists to grow and explore, enroll students in extracurricular programs, or participate in arts with their children. Those who learn with the arts learn on many different levels. They will go far, and achieve higher with the arts behind them.

    At Daydream Education, we are committed to improving understanding for all students. We create educational posters that cover a wide variety of subjects, including music, drama, dance, math, and English. If you have any questions or would like to know more about us, get in touch today!

  • Back-to-School Checklist

    As summer draws to a close, teachers, students, and parents all get ready for the new school year. Some people love it, others dread it. For teachers this is a crucial time, as it sets the tone for the rest of the year.

    So what can you do to prepare? This checklist will help you to start the year in the right way.

     Set up the space

    Consider where students will do daily tasks like sharpen pencils, store supplies, and put their belongings. Make sure you’ve set the classroom up to have those tasks easy for the students to complete. If you want to have different types of space, it is easiest to do this before students arrive. So if you want a reading nook, an imagination station, or a meeting area, set it up early. This will help the students be familiar with classroom expectations for those spaces right away. Another way to prepare for the new school year is to display educational posters that improve students' understanding, and brighten the classroom with color.

     Be ready with behavior management systems

    Do you have a reward or punishment system in place? If so, you may need a way to track it either for yourself, or on a poster somewhere. Make sure you’ve thought through how to communicate or adjust the systems as needed. It may be best if you’re still thinking about what approach you’d like to take, to consider your audience. If you already know your students, that can help, but if not try to create a get-to-know-you activity for the first day, or talk to their previous teacher to get some insights. Clear expectations from day one can really help classroom management, and to have that you’ve got to plan ahead.

     Have a communication plan

    Know how you plan to communicate with parents. A good working relationship with parents can help students grow and learn much better. But not just the parents, have a plan for your communications with students. How they learn about assignments, rules, activities, and events from you can be facilitated in many different ways. See what fits your personality and your student body. Communication channels with your supervisor and administration team should be clear too.

     Be homework ready

    Have an idea of the assignments you want to give for each unit you’ll be teaching. A set way for students to collect, return, and keep track of those assignments should also be in place. If you plan to have them submit electronically, show them the system. If you’ll be doing physical hand-ins, make sure students have time to set their folder or binder up to manage their papers. It is also a good idea to have your grading system set up early too. This can help you focus on data analysis later in the year to get your students help with concepts they need earlier rather than later.

     Prepare tasks for all students

    It can really help to have a stockpile of tasks to hand to students who need something to do, so you don’t have to scramble in the moment. This can look different in different classrooms, but there are lots of students who might need something more than the normal assignment. Early finishers, those who race through assignments and get antsy while others work, can easily be diverted by a “Done Early?” set of activities. Similarly, you may want to have some more challenging assignments for the gifted students who may be bored with the normal work.

    On the other end of the spectrum, it can be beneficial to have easier assignments for students who are behind grade level, or who have cognitive challenges. English Language Learners may also require some assignments at lower reading levels, or reading tools that help them define new words. If you’ve got some of these set up before classes get going, it can help the students maximize their learning in your class.

    A good beginning can mean a good school year, and you should set yourself up for success. You may already have some of these things in place, but you can always add to them, strengthen weak points, or try new things! And if you’re building from scratch, you’ll have plenty of time to see what works and what doesn’t, to prepare better in the future.

    Have a great school year!

  • 7 Ways to Upgrade your Classroom Design

    The space a student is learning in can determine the fate of a lesson. Even the best curriculum can fall short if a student is unable to focus in their classroom. There is new research every day about changes that can make or break a student’s focus.

    The following tips for effective classroom design are just some of the practices many teachers are starting to implement to help their students focus.

    1. Options, options, options

    Different zones help students think differently. While you may not have the budget to buy tons of furniture, you can still change up the tables and chairs. Many teachers have started implementing a whole class meeting area, clear so that everyone will fit. This allows you to come together as a community for announcements or presentations. Different sections can help to inspire different types of thought in students as well. It helps with classroom management too, when students have options instead of forced conformity.


    1. Give students what they want

    Ask for student feedback, frequently, and then follow it. Different teachers have different methods for this, but often they will ask students two questions: “What in this room helps you learn?” and “What in this room distracts you from learning?” Take time to understand what your students tell you, and then act on it. Giving your students power over their learning environment is a powerful tool to help them become self-sufficient learners. When implemented well, this method can make a classroom sing with harmonious learning!


    1. Consider your teacher footprint

    Where are you in your classroom? How much space does your desk occupy? Can your students enter that space? Do you leave that space? These are all good questions to ask yourself when arranging a classroom for effective student learning. Many teachers are forgoing having a desk at all, and instead circulate around their room. If you can’t quite let go of that space, or need it for your lessons, consider how you can make it more approachable and student-friendly. This can be as simple as placing a 'submit work' bin on the desk, or some other interactive station. This invites students into the space, and makes a less closed-off environment.


    1. Colors and the mind

    Studies have shown that orange and yellow are colors that excite and energize us, while blues and greens tend to calm us down. If you have a quiet reading corner, consider adding some blue or green pillows or rugs to the space. Similarly, you can use bright oranges, yellows, and reds in spaces like a meeting area or imagination station. These can help stimulate your students to create and explore.


    1. Ownership of knowledge

    Encourage students to learn from their classroom – both their peers' work, and informational posters. Putting up students' work will showcase achievement and show them that you care about their success and value the effort they put in. Informational posters can be displayed alongside students' work to provide effective visual stimuli that can facilitate incidental learning. After all, it’s a good life skill to be able to find context clues in your environment. If possible, extend this past the classroom walls, and put posters and students' work up throughout the school!



    1. Accessibility

    All the beautiful decorations, and clever desk placement won’t mean anything if your students can’t access it. Make sure to consider who is in your classroom, and address any accommodations they may need. Have the space work for the students. Adjust the desk height, cabinets, hooks, and other things students use. Take note of students who have trouble seeing or hearing certain areas, and make sure to find a solution for them. While it can be difficult to remember, it can make a world of difference to your students.


    1. Cleanliness is key

    Students can get sick, or get you sick. Clean the desks and chairs regularly, or have students help you. If it is in your budget, get air purifying machines. This can really help if your school is old and the vents aren’t great. Alternatively, you could buy plants that clean the air. Students can’t learn if they’re at home sick, so help them stay well. Having students help you in this effort can create a great learning environment, while helping students feel ownership for the room.



    Make your students feel at home, valued, and in control of their learning space.

    This will lead to a happy and effective classroom!


  • How Classroom Decor Helps Students Learn

    In an age where education is rapidly evolving, tried and true educational practices are being called into question left and right. An article by the New York Times discussed the effects classroom decor can have on students' learning. The article seemed to suggest that it is negative and that students might find it distracting. It also questioned whether students, particularly kindergarten students, might learn better in an austere environment.

    The NYT article ended with a call to students for their feedback. Overwhelmingly, the students who wrote in said they found it extremely beneficial to have classroom decorations. This comes as no shock to teachers, who every year put painstaking efforts into decorating their classrooms to foster learning. So, how does classroom decor help students learn?

    Improving concentration

    By providing a stimulating environment for students to learn in, teachers are helping their students dial in, even when it is difficult for them to concentrate.

    It stands to reason that students want an engaging and dynamic environment in which they can learn. The same is true of professionals. Many office spaces are transitioning away from traditional cubicles to open floor plans and flow-inducing design. Schools may not have the bean bag chairs and cappuccino machines, but they can have creatively and effectively used wall space.

    Developing a culture of growth

    Emotions go hand-in-hand with education. Letting students be in a place that fosters learning and develops a culture of growth before words are even spoken can greatly affect a student's performance. A great way to accomplish this is by putting educational material on your walls.

    Now this may be obvious for chemistry teachers to have the periodic table, or anatomy teachers to have bone diagrams, but it’s not exclusive. Subjects across the board can make the classroom an environment that fosters education simply through posters on the wall. So, while pretty background colors, and scalloped borders are nice, consider adding in some curriculum specific content on your walls.

    Creating an engaging learning environment 

    The posters, pictures, decorations, and reminders tacked onto classroom walls around the world help to keep students engaged. They serve as a way to passively educate with informational posters, and to enforce rules and guidelines like lab protocol or classroom expectations.

    Displaying colorful, educational posters in your classroom will help to enhance the learning experience, and ensure your whole class benefits from the engaging environment you’ve created.

     Daydream Education is committed to creating positive, engaging learning environments for all students.

    Improve your classroom decor today with our educational school posters.

  • How to Keep Students Safe Online

    K-12 students are using the Internet and social media more than ever before.


    With a wealth of information, games, images and videos readily available, the Internet is an exciting tool that many young people have grown up with from an early age.


    However, the Internet can also pose very real threats to students' safety, that are often overlooked or ignored due to a lack of awareness.


    It is important to educate students and promote online safety throughout schools, so our students can be best prepared to recognise and react appropriately to any dangers they may face online.

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    Ensure students understand digital risks

    Even though young people often have solid digital knowledge of how different sites, applications and technologies work, they may still lack a fundamental understanding of the risks these platforms can present.


    Online bullying, viewing explicit content, inappropriate contact from strangers, grooming and negative digital footprints are just a few of the potential implications of online activity that could negatively affect students.


    By educating all students about digital dangers, they'll be better prepared to deal with situations in which they feel uncomfortable or threatened online.


    Encourage open conversation

    An effective approach to ensuring students' understanding of Internet safety is to have honest discussions about the risks of the digital world, and how they can be combatted through different measures.


    For example:

    • Not sharing personal information online

    • Always being respectful toward others

    • Never accepting friend requests from strangers

    • Knowing what content is and is not suitable to post on social media

    • Practising password safety


    This will help to build a solid foundation of digital literacy skills and safe online behaviors throughout your school.


    A brilliant way to spark these types of open conversations is to display relevant and up-to-date digital safety information in the classroom.


    At Daydream Education, we have just released a brand-new range of Online Safety posters, that will inspire a whole school approach to digital safety.


    Covering vitally important digital safety topics, such as Online Bullying, Sexting and being Share Aware, the wall charts are ideal for promoting awareness and education in all schools.

    Internet safety posters

    Safer Internet Day 2018

    A brilliant upcoming opportunity that can be enjoyed by both teachers and students is Safer Internet Day 2018.


    The global event, held on the 6th February, is designed to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.


    With the motto 'Create Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you', this years' Safer Internet Day is set to be the biggest and best yet.


    With a range of lesson plans and activities available, why not get involved in the conversation?

    It's important that students know how to report anything that makes them feel uncomfortable online.
    Encourage understanding and open conversation of digital risks this Safer Internet Day with our comprehensive Online Safety posters.

  • The Importance of Teaching Computer Science

    In today's digital world, computer science is a critical field of study that offers a limitless amount of opportunities for both academic and technological growth.


    Since the invention of the Internet, the development of new computing technologies has steadily increased, leading to fundamental change in the way we live and work. It's hard to imagine a life without computers, laptops, mobiles and tablets, but without computer science, that's exactly what we'd have.


    As computing technologies continue to rapidly expand and evolve, why are many schools still reluctant to harness the countless benefits of teaching computer science?

    Using computing technologies to solve problems

    Computer science is the #1 source of new wages in the US, with businesses and organisations driving the demand for people with proficiency in computer technology. Gaining a computer science qualification provides a breadth of opportunities in a wide variety of fields, such as information technology, telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, and digital marketing, to name just a few!


    Yet for all the complexities involved in specialist computer science careers, all computer science students will share at least one fundamental and highly transferable skill: the ability to use technology to solve problems.


    Learning about computer science and how to write programs from an early age will teach students to logically think their way through any type of problem. This paves the way for independent thinking and the ability to produce solutions to problems from a new perspective: an extremely useful skill in any career choice.


    Computer science skills needed to power the future

    There is a clear skills shortage in the computer science sector, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled job opportunities.


    At present, only 35 states allow students to count computer science courses toward their high school graduation. According to, 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year, in contrast to 486,686 current open computing jobs nationwide.


    Considering these statistics, it makes sense to prepare our children throughout their K-12 education, with the computing skills they need to succeed in a constantly expanding job market.


    Demystifying computer science

    It's no surprise that many children born in the 21st century have grown up surrounded by an abundance of technology: from smart phones, to video games to social media. Young children also have the innate ability to learn new processes quickly.


    So, shouldn't we utilize the fact that children younger than ever are able to use these products, and teach them about the computer programs behind the technology?


    Although computer science can be a complex and sometimes daunting subject, it would be beneficial to introduce children of all ages to the computer coding basics. In fact, the earlier we teach computer science to our children, the better chance we have of demystifying preconceptions that surround the subject.


    At Daydream Education, we have a range of engaging posters that help to simplify computer science into bite-size chunks of information. Breaking down the intricacies of computer science and helping to nurture students' enthusiasm of the subject from a young age, will result in a greater volume of students pursuing the study of computer science in high school and beyond.




    Computer Science Education Week

    December 4-10, 2017 marks Computer Science Education Week: a brilliant initiative that aims to encourage people of all ages to get involved with computer science.


    Incorporated within this week is The Hour of Code, a global movement that is inspiring tens of millions of people all over the world to take part in a computer science tutorial. No previous experience is needed, and children as young as 4 can get involved.


    The rapid growth of the digital world guarantees that computer science is going to play an ever-increasing role in the technology, economy and careers of the future. Now more than ever, we need to prepare our students for a growing computer science job market and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.


    At Daydream Education, we offer a range of computer science wall posters that help to demystify computer science, break down complex topics and encourage students' enthusiasm. If you would like any more information, feel free to get in touch. 


  • How to Maintain Classroom Management

    Firstly, why is classroom management important?

    • It engages students:  Students who are engaged in lessons will be able to register the information better and be able to apply their knowledge when it comes to sitting tests/exams.
    • It keeps students prepared:  When teachers and students are prepared to learn, lessons and learning will be easier to be administered and the results will be more effective.
    • It boosts confidence:  In an effective classroom, teachers are able to give more attention to each student and structure lesson plans to meet certain needs.  All of these factors will help in boosting the confidence of students.


    Now let’s take a look at what you can do as a teacher to help maintain discipline and management in your classroom.

    • Have rules:  It is important to have a basic set of rules for students to follow. These regulations will help maintain classroom management and discipline. These rules do not have to be anything advanced; they can be as simple as making sure that all students are on time for lesson and what the punishments are if they fail to do so.
    • Make the rules known to parents as well:  Student’s parents should also be aware of the management techniques that you are implementing in the classroom. You should ask parents to go over these rules with the students at home so that everyone is on the same page, and so that students know that their parents expect this behavior from them as well.
    • Be firm and consistent:  When you make your rules to manage your classroom, make sure that they are realistic and void of any inconsistencies. Approach the rules in a positive manner so that students do not associate any negativity with it. Feel free to reward students for their positive behavior when you see that they are contributing to effective classroom management.
    • Be professional:  An effectively managed classroom is conducted with professionalism and adequate structure. Students who are presented with a good authority figure who has a plan and follows it will fit in to the structure nicely.
    • Have a printed packet:  In case you are unable to attend class one day, make sure that you have a printed packet of your classroom management techniques handy for a substitute teacher. Your classroom should be aware that, even in your absence, they should still be able to manage themselves wisely and that all rules still apply. If students show structure and compliance in your absence, it will make both you and your classroom look well-managed and efficient.

    Classroom management is essential, not only for a teacher’s piece of mind and in allowing them proper control over their classroom, but it is crucial for a positive learning environment for students. If you want to keep your students engaged as well as disciplined then it may be a good idea to see what our award-winning poster range has to offer!

  • NCTM Conference 2017

    Visit Craig Moss at Booth 651!

    Daydream Education is thrilled to be at its first NCTM conference showcasing its fantastic range of Math resources.

    Pop along to our stand to find out more about our brand new Math Pocket Poster Study Guides, Math Posters and to benefit from some fantastic show specials!

    Our brand new range of Pocket Poster Study Guides simplify key math topics into bitesize chunks of information to improve students' understanding and boost their confidence. The pocket-sized books are ideal for independent study to help students with homework, revision and classroom-based learning.

    Our math posters are the prefect way of brightening up your classroom environment with colorful and engaging content. The large format posters cover key curriculum topics and offer students' a quick reference point to refresh their knowledge.

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  • New Website Launch!

    After spending a long time in development, with many late evenings and plenty of coffee, we can finally reveal that we will be launching our brand new website!

    As you can see from range of posters, we like to pride ourselves on providing colorful and engaging products, but we also want to ensure that our website is easy on the eye too. This is why our website development team has been working tirelessly to make our website more accessible and user friendly.

    As part of the update, we are add hundreds of new products to the the website. Our products range now covers the following subjects:

    • Computer Science
    • Dance
    • Tech Ed
    • Drama
    • Math
    • Science
    • Psychology
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • French
    • Spanish
    • German

    Over the next few months we will also be adding several new ranges for  Art, Business Studies, Geography and Sociology, so keep an eye for these exciting new developments!

    We understand that the cost of shipping plays a big role in your experience as a customer so we have introduced a new pricing structure that helps reflect this. For orders that come to less than $30, shipping will cost you just $4.95. For orders that come to $30 or more, shipping will cost you $9.95.

    We really hope that you find the new website useful and easy to use. If you have any queries about the site or any of our products in our range then please don't hesitate to email [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you.



    World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading! In fact it's the biggest celebration of its kind; being celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide!

    Here at Daydream, we will be celebrating by dressing up as our favourite book characters!

    The World Book Day website is packed with teaching resources, ideas, competitions and anything else you'll need to make your World Book Day celebrations a success and encourage reading for pleasure all year round.

    To celebrate World Book Day and help inspire the next generation of authors, we are giving away a FREE Story Writing Resource Pack, which includes:

    - Printable Story Writing Poster
    - Story Writing Worksheets
    - Story Writing Writing Frames

    To claim your free poster, simply write "Happy World Book Day" on our Facebook page or tweet us "Happy World Book Day" on Twitter!

    All of our Story Writing Resources above are part of our English Interactive Software. Click here to request your free 30 day trial.

    We hope you have a fantastic World Book Day!

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