Here is a selection of ‘Posters for a Purpose’.
All the posters can be downloaded and used to support Teaching with a Feather strategies.
Keep checking in. More posters will be added. The TWAF newsletter provides information when new posters are available.
Five Quotes for classroom display, reflection and discussion
In this Classroom …
Click on this poster and print a copy for your classroom.
Teaching with a Feather Signs
Here are the new TWAF Signs to download and use in your classroom. There are 25 available in PDF format.
There are 25 Teaching with a Feather signs to use in your classroom.
- Print, cut, laminate and use.
- Create a display
- Use the signs as triggers to remind you to use the strategies
Idea: Let your students make the display, great for discussions and leadership.
In our class …
Here it is, the terrific poster designed by Adelaide teacher, Regan Wren Birrell.
Click here to download a copy for your classroom.
*Please note it may take a few moments to download.
RWB poster (20MB)
To see more of Regan’s work visit
Three new posters designed by TWAF team member, Anne Mackelvie, Specialist Teacher – Indonesian.
Click to download, print and use.
Andy Hargreaves Quote:
Here is the quote by Andy Hargreaves now available as a PDF for you to download and use in your classroom.
Use the poster as a trigger for yourself and your students to use new Teaching with a Feather strategies.
Discuss meaning of innovation. How is using a new idea being innovation? What outcomes could we expect?
Do a PMI after using a new TWAF strategy for a day, a week. What happened, what’s changed, what else can we do?
I Am …
Here is the I am … poster available as a PDF for you to download and use in your classroom.
The Parrot of Purpose:
Read on to discover the Parrot of Purpose and find a poster to download for your classroom use.
Author Andy Hargreaves uses the metaphor of the Parrot of Purpose sitting on your shoulder and asking the question, ‘What’s the purpose?’
The Parrot of Purpose squawks in your ear asking, ‘Why, why, why?’
(Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Before that he was the co-founder and co- director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).
Use the Parrot of Purpose metaphor to keep reflecting, evaluating and reviewing your classroom teaching and management practises.
Every activity you do with your students are you asking your self, ‘Why am I getting my students to do this and are my management and organisational structures getting the best outcomes for my students?
What’s the purpose of this activity, this task or this discussion?
What are the benefits of this task?
What are the outcomes?
Is every student going to ‘grow their mind’ as they do this task?
What will they actually achieve?
Why did I choose this particular activity?
Does this task, strategy, technique, idea benefit students now and for the future?
If not, why not? What changes are needed?
What is one small change that could be made that would change the way students learn in my classroom?
Why, Why, Why?
Create a Parrot of Purpose for your classroom.
Students could draw a colourful parrot to create a display for your classroom with a large speech bubble asking, ‘Why, Why, Why?’
Perhaps sketch a large parrot. Students draw and make coloured feathers to attach to the parrot.
Use the poster as a visual prompt for yourself and your students.
Here is a Parrot of Purpose poster now available as a PDF for you to download and print out for your classroom.
The poster was designed by Regan Wren Birrell. To see more of Regan’s work visit
Here is the “Window of Opportunity” poster now available as a PDF for you to download and print out for your classroom.
Here is the “Optimal Learning Spot” poster now available as a PDF for you to download and print out for your classroom.
Learning and Life Tips Poster:
Here is the Learning and Life Tips poster now available as a PDF for you to download and print out for your classroom.
Do you have some great posters you would like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.