Banners are an effective way to communicate messages to students that are visually appealing and have a lasting impact. The key to creating a positive atmosphere within a school is consistent messaging that encourages responsible behavior and good citizenship among students. While no teacher or school administrator can observe every single student at all times, a banner that is prominently displayed can be a good visual cue to stimulate a positive behavior response among students when adults aren’t watching.
The atmosphere and culture reflected through official messaging throughout the school can elicit certain positive behavior responses among students. If students are bombarded with positive messages that reinforce good behavior standards, they are more likely to make good choices throughout the day. These good choices have a cumulative effect and can inspire positive behavior in peers. Students will feel inspired to make more good choices throughout their school day when they are surrounded by positive and reaffirming messages.
Although sometimes more serious disciplinary procedures are necessary, positive messaging through prominently displayed banners is a way to motivate good behavior without imposing negative consequences. In this way, students will have a more positive attitude about their school environment and will be more likely to encourage their peers to act in a similar way. Banners with positive messages displayed throughout his school can help supplement proactive disciplinary measures among school administrators and teachers.
In selecting a general theme or message for banners throughout a school, it is important to be consistent. H&H Sign Supply said, “There are no shortages of positive messages that could be displayed on banners, but it is most important that students recognize a common theme and are able to identify with the central message on all the banners.” Strategic communications should start from the top down and be incorporated in public areas throughout the school as well as individual classrooms. A coordinated schoolwide banner campaign is more effective than an isolated poster hung in only one area of the school. When it comes to sending positive messages throughout the school, more is better.
One way to catch the attention of students throughout the day is to incorporate the school mascot on banners with positive messages. This can also encourage an element of school spirit and can help various sports teams around the school identify with the positive messages being displayed. Even though it may be tempting to pack as much information as possible onto a single banner, sometimes less is more. The banner should be easy to read and easily spotted throughout the school. Students should not have to stop to read the message because it should be quick and catchy.
If school banners are being used to supplement a broader campaign and message of positive student behavior, teachers and school administrators should praise students who exhibit the types of behavior that are displayed on the school banners. In fact, it is even more effective when teachers and school administrators repeat the slogan that is displayed on the banner if they are praising a student for good behavior.
There tend to be more opportunities for students to engage in harmful or negative behavior when they are gathered in large groups. It is harder to supervise a larger number of students, and there tends to be a lack of crowd control. If there are areas in the school where many students gather at the same time, such as the cafeteria or an auditorium, this is an excellent place for you to display a banner with a positive message. This way, you will get the most bang for your buck because the banner will be seen by more children.
An exciting way to involve students in the creation of a positive messaging campaign through banners is to ask them to come up with slogans to be displayed on the banners. The student body could even vote on the best slogan to be displayed. The winner of the best slogan contest could get a prize and should be announced to the school. This encourages students to take ownership in school pride and be accountable for their personal behavior choices. Students will feel more engaged when they feel like they play a role in selecting that the core around their school.