A lot of us are still nostalgic for the good old days when the only things we’d have to worry about were getting to class on time and doing our homework. When you finish school, you might start to realize just how awesome some of your teachers were. They’re the authority figures who always put in extra effort when explaining topics to you. They’re the everyday superheroes who’d give you life advice. They’re the artistic souls who would spend hours on colorful signs and charts just to make learning more fun.
Bored Panda has collected a wide variety of informative, supportive, hilarious, and just downright awesome signs that teachers have put up in their classrooms. Scroll down to see the best of the best, and remember to upvote the pics that you liked the most.
Do we have any teachers, professors, or other educators in the crowd tonight? We’d love to hear what tips and tricks you rely on to help your students learn better. You can leave us a comment or two at the bottom of this article, dear Pandas.
Bored Panda wanted to learn more about the role of being an educator, the importance of visual aids, and the secrets to making eye-catching signs, so we reached out to Lisa McLendon from the University of Kansas. Lisa is the William Allen White Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Coordinator at the Bremner Editing Center at KU.
"Visual aids, audio aids, written aids—they’re all good. Presenting information to students in more than one format can help students grasp it more quickly and easily," she told us. Scroll down for our full interview with Lisa.
#1 One Of The English Teachers At My Highschool Put This In The Hall Outside Her Door
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Lisa from the Univesity of Kansas gave Bored Panda some very useful advice on making striking signs for education. "I’m more of a word person than a designer, so I tend to keep signs really simple:
- High contrast: Dark type/light background.
- Uncluttered: Nothing there that doesn’t need to be. Just because your program lets you add sparkles, icons, gradient backgrounds, etc. doesn’t mean you should use them.
- Clear: People read signs at a glance, so use a typeface that is easily readable (many script fonts are hard to read), a size that is large enough, and concise wording."
#2 One Of The Teacher's At My New Zealand School Drawing
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#3 Found In A High School Science Classroom
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Bored Panda was also interested in hearing Lisa's opinion about how much educators should go beyond simply teaching the curriculum.
"The best professors engage with their students, demonstrate a love of learning, and support students in their studies and as they launch their careers. For me, this means keeping an eye out for potential internships, staying connected with my own network to keep my skills and connections fresh, writing reference letters, talking with students about career paths and their plans, and generally helping them succeed however I can. Academics have some power to shape students’ futures, but mostly it depends on the students’ own interests and efforts," she said.
Being a teacher or professor is no easy task even in the best of times. But during a global pandemic? Things are harder than ever and some academics are finding it hard to adapt to rapidly-changing rules and regulations.
Teacher Kevin, who has 20 years of experience being an educator and counselor, previously told Bored Panda that the Covid-19 lockdowns have been “very taxing” for a lot of staff. The shift from live to online teaching hasn’t been easy and the older educators especially have generally had a harder time adapting.
"The older teachers who are not technologically literate simply couldn't keep up," he said.
#4 My Teacher Had This On The First Day Back From School
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#5 Chemistry Teacher Made Their Classroom Ceiling The Elements
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#6 This Drawing That My History Teacher Did On The Whiteboard
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"Although I can use tech well, building and maintaining open lines of communication with students is surprisingly difficult. Students are less comfortable writing an e-mail for help than asking in person. Covid will dramatically change how we teach, which will include more online options moving forward,” the teacher told Bored Panda.
It’s not just visual queues and gorgeous charts that can help students learn. According to teacher Kevin, music can be a great tool as well. It helps students focus and gets them in the right mood for learning.
#7 A Rule My Teacher Made
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#8 Recently Found This In The Language Corridor Of My School, Hope You Enjoy
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#9 Found Out My Kid Had This On His School Classroom Wall All Year
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"Music is a highly undervalued tool. Plan to attempt some data collection on whether music can help certain students during specific tasks. Playing remixes of the same song during the entirety of a week's lesson, then allowing students to listen to that soundtrack during test-taking has potential,” he wanted to share some of his wisdom with everyone.
#10 Anatomy Teacher With His Drawing Lecture On A Chalkboard
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#11 Most Of The Adults Also Need To Learn How To Apologize
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#12 This Sign At An Elementary School Art Classroom
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"New educators need empathy and emotional intelligence over topic mastery. I truly believe the best teachers are the ones who can empathize best with their students, as they can understand how a student made a mistake, and how to fix it. Students are extremely stressed, and making the work more difficult does not equal a better education. Collaborate to make reasonable goals," the educator said that support and being able to relate to students are key.
#13 Classroom Door
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#14 This Sign In My Kid’s Elementary School Fills Me With Nihilistic Joy
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#15 Found In My Local Elementary School
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Meanwhile, an educator’s role isn’t limited to imparting knowledge just within the confines of the school, either. Primary school teachers Tom Rose and Jack Parnnett from the United Kingdom shared with Bored Panda just how hectic things can get when you go on a class trip. No number of quality signs that you make in advance can really teach your class to be calm, quiet, and orderly throughout the excursion.
"School trips are very challenging, especially for newer teachers, because of the constant changing of locations or 'transitions' as teachers usually refer to them as," they told Bored Panda.
#16 My Cousin Is A Preschool Teacher And Asked Her Students To Suggest Names For The Baby She Is Expecting. It Went Well
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#17 Special Needs Teachers Put This Up Today
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#18 This Elementary School Super Bowl Chart Has A Column For "Not My Thing"
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"Many teachers fear PE for the same basic reason, which is: not having a safe confined space to teach (as they are used to when they are in a classroom). The extra pressure of trying to impress the parent/carer helpers is another thing that gets in the way of many teachers doing their job too, which is again much more obvious with less experienced teachers," the teachers explained just how challenging leaving the classroom with your students can be.
"Beyond the transitions and dealing with the other adult help, you then have to deal with the many unexpected things that crop up along the way, such as the transport issues, sudden changes of weather, stumbling across a bee's nest (that was Tom in Bushy Park) amongst many other potentials," they shared.
#19 Guide To Dating An Undated World Map - Posted On My Professor's Door
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#20 My Econ Teacher Has This In His Room
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#21 A Sign In My School Today
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According to the British teachers, educators ought to try and go on the trip alone to rehearse for the real school trip. Preparation and repetition are powerful tools in an educator’s arsenal.
"If that’s not possible, then talk to someone else who's done the trip before and/or complete the route via Google street view. This then informs your plan and your 'risk assessment' which is a document that contains all of the potential hazards and problems that you could incur ranging from walking near dogs on a lead to losing a child at a train station,” Tom and Jack said.
#22 In A Classroom In Chicago
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#23 Found In My Physics Teacher's Room
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#24 This Sign At My School
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"Planning a trip is one thing, but having backup options if things go wrong is another that requires composure—‘box breathing’ is our ‘go-to’ method if we are stressed and want to calm down. Box breathing is a practice where you breathe in for 4 seconds, hold breath for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and repeat until your heart rate slows down," they offered advice on how to calm down if you get overwhelmed.
The teachers told Bored Panda that educators should be aware of which of their students might need more management than others before starting the trip. Some kids will naturally act out more when they find themselves in new surroundings and will challenge their teachers.
#25 My Friend Who Is A Music Teacher Has This Hanging Up In Her Classroom
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#26 My School's Bathroom Has A New "Wash Your Hands" Sign
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#27 The Bold Letters On My Teacher's Innocent Posters Spell Out Her True Message
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Tom and Jack advised their fellow teachers to always allocate more time to each step of the trip than they think they’ll need. What’s more, they should reach out to their coworkers for advice. Something else to keep in mind is that students’ parents gossip quite a bit, so it’s important to be diplomatic when briefing them if they’re joining the class trip.
#28 Rhythm Of The Pandemic (Courtesy Of My High School Choir Director)
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#29 Found This Outside Of The Physics Classroom Today
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#30 This Is Hanging In My Son's World History Classroom. This Is Why I Pay For Private High School
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The teacher duo also advised their fellow educators to focus on themselves. Educators have an instinct to take care of everyone else and forget their own needs, so they need reminding that they’re important, too. Getting enough sleep, remembering to pack a lunch for yourself, scheduling some time off for after the trip—these are all things that they need to remember.
#31 Anti-Smoking Campaign Poster I Found In My History Teacher's Classroom
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#32 I See Your Pharrell Sign, And Raise You This Sign I Have Hanging Outside My Elementary Classroom
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#33 Someone Removed The Don't From The Sign In The Classroom
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#34 Walked Into My Classroom And Saw This
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#35 This Is The Sign Hanging On The Piano In My School's Band Room
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#36 My Friend Is A Secondary School Teacher And Stuck This To The Wall Of His Classroom
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#37 My English Teacher Is Also A Gamer
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#38 Found This At My School
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#39 These Posters In My Math Teacher's Classroom
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#40 The Sign In My Co-Worker's 2nd Grade Classroom
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#41 At A Local Elementary School
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#42 The "F" Fell Off The Food Lab Sign At School. They're Making The Best Of It
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#43 I Teach For An Academy In South Korea And This Is The New Sign Outside The Art Room
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#44 From A Math Teacher's Classroom
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#45 The Corona Rule Signs At Our School Are The Best
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#46 Found This Is My History Teacher's Classroom
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#47 There's About Three Of These Signs Around My Bio Lab Classroom
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#48 Heisenberg Aka Walter White Added To The List Of Famous Scientists. Somewhere In India. Pretty Sure They Googled Heisenberg And Found This Image
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#49 This Was Up In My Classroom, Today
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#50 Creative Poster In My Teacher's Classroom
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#51 The Poster In My Teacher's Classroom
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#52 So My Teacher Tried To Lighten The Mood About The Hurricane
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#53 Getting Rid Of The Annoying Slang (Middle School Classroom Door)
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#54 My Decorated Classroom Doors For The Kindness Competition
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#55 Hilariously Dark Poster Found In Simsbury High Biology Classroom
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#56 $12 For This Custom Sign For My Classroom. Worth It
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#57 Hard-Working Teacher's Sign On Classroom Door To Stop Busybodies/Gossips/Complainers/Whiners From Interrupting Planning Period
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#58 Found In An Elementary School Bathroom
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#59 A Picture I Found In A Classroom At Work
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#60 A Sign At My School Library
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#61 You Never Know What You May Find Behind A Cabinet In A Preschool Classroom. Know What I Mean?
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#62 So My Teacher Put This Sign Up
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#63 Outside My Teacher's Office
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#64 The Graphics Teacher In College Knows What's Going On
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#65 This No "Puffin" Sign In My Classroom's Adjacent Office
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#66 The Sign In My Child’s Classroom When I Picked Her Up Today
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#67 This Sign At My Daughter's School
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#68 A Subtle Reminder In My Chemistry Classroom That "I Have No Idea What I'm Doing"
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#69 Found On The “Comic Board” In My Math Teacher’s Classroom
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#70 I'm A High School Teacher Who Makes "I'm A Winner" Signs For Students Who Need A Permanent Reminder That They Are Exceptionally Brave Or Intelligent
They get to pick the design. I give you my rendition of Heather's pet rats riding a tandem bicycle.
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#71 I’m A Public School Teacher. Walked In To Find This Sign In Our Bathroom
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#72 I Found This In One Of My Science Classrooms
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#73 The Paul Revere Poster In My Classroom Looks Like Jack Black
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#74 This Sign On One Of My Classroom Doors
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#75 My New Ela Teacher Has A Meme Zone In Her Classroom
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#76 My Teacher Had This In His Classroom
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#77 My Chemistry Teacher Had This Hanging Outside His Door
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#78 Tell Me You Never Had A Teacher With This Sign
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#79 My Friend's Teacher Has Two Doors To His Classroom
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#80 I Went To My Son's Back-To-School Night And Was Happy To See This Posted Outside One Of The 3rd Grade Classrooms
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#81 Found This Outside My Teacher's Classroom
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#82 In My Classroom
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#83 Found This In A High School Classroom. Whatever Could It Mean?
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#84 These Awesome "Mars Recruitment" Posters In A Local Elementary School Classroom
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#85 How My Teacher Describes The Scientific Process
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#86 This Was In My School Gym
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#87 Farnsworth And Bender Are Ready, Are You? My 7th Grade Science Board Art
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#88 My Teacher Just Put This Up In The Classroom And I Feel Like I’m Doing All The Unsuccessful Stuff
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#89 As A Maths Teacher, This Is Going Up In My Classroom Straight Away
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#90 My Wife Is Decorating Her Classroom For Halloween
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#91 It's Dangerous To Go Alone (This Was On The Wall Of A Classroom In My School Last Year; Thought I'd Share)
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#92 This Sign Is In The Lab At School
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#93 The Things That Are On A Classroom Wall
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#94 My Friend’s College Has This Taped To The Ceiling In One Of The Classrooms! Wish I Went To His School
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#95 The Sign Outside The Programmers' Classroom At My Local College
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#96 This Sign About Social Distancing At My School
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#97 My Teacher Has The Best Door Signs
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#98 To The Guy Whose Physics Teacher Put A Sign On The Clock. My English Teacher Thinks Similarly
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#99 Funny Sign In My Physics Teachers Room (Sort That It Is Upside Down)
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#100 As Seen In My History Teacher's Class
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#101 This Sign Was In My Classroom And I Don't Know Who Did This
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#102 My Wife Found This In The Kindergarten Classroom She Was Just Hired To Teach
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#103 I’m New Here So Enjoy This All Might Poster My Physics Teacher Has In His Classroom
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#104 My High School's Math Teacher Has The Best Gaming Quotes In His Classroom
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#105 This Poster In My Classroom Has A Picture Of Kids Looking At Themselves On The Same Poster
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#106 More A Sticker Than A Sign, But Still My Teacher Got To Me
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#107 Danny DeVito Makes A Guest Appearance In Classroom
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#108 Ominous Sign In My Classroom Near The Clock
"Time will pass. Will you?"
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#109 This Sign On A High School Classroom Door
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#110 Truly Motivational Poster Found In My Classroom
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