Free Posters for the Health Classroom

Those of you lucky enough to teach in a designated health classroom may be looking to update your wall displays and are in search of fresh new content. Hopefully you are encouraging your students to create some awesome materials that will showcase your teaching of health education and inspire peers who see the work of friends on the classroom walls. However, if like some teachers on the Health Teacher Central Facebook page you are looking for free, downloadable posters, you have come to the right place.

1. A common question asked on social media is “where can I find National Health Standards posters?” and the most frequent response is to check out these great posters from ETR. The following link gives you access to free National Education Standards posters AND cards. Link.

ETR envisions a world where all people have the information, skills, and opportunities to lead healthy lives. They are driven by their mission to improve health and increase opportunities for youth, families, and communities.

2. The awesome Christopher Pepper recently shared these posters from Washington State Dept. of Public Health’s #ItsAboutRespect campaign. Everyone has both physical and emotional boundaries and these boundaries are different from person to person. Emotional boundaries have to do with people’s thoughts and feelings. They aren’t always visible, but they’re just as important as physical boundaries. So remember, all boundaries deserve to be respected! Link.

3. These One World posters featured in Learning for Justice magazine would brighten up any classroom. There are 35 for you to download and print. Link.

Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.

4. These ‘Make Your Move – End Sexual Violence’ images are powerful. Perhaps they’ll inspire your students to create some of their own. What a great way for students to provide evidence for NHES 8.12.4 : Adapt health messages and communication techniques to a specific target audience. Link.

The Bystander Campaign was the first social norms campaign produced by Make Your Move! It was launched in 2012. Posters were displayed in bathroom stalls across the city, placed in newspaper advertisements, and dispersed through social media. For two years, a 30 second advertisement played before movies at the local theater. Make Your Move! is an innovative campaign designed to engage men and women as allies to prevent sexual violence in the greater Missoula area. This multi-faceted, inter-agency approach creates long-term, positive change by changing the beliefs and behaviors that support sexual violence, thus creating a safer and healthier community.

5. Because kindness can go a long way, We Are Teachers have created 8 free posters for you to hang in your classroom. Link.

In fact, on the same site you can access tons of free resources. We Are Teachers is a community of educators who share ideas, resources, and stories of amazing things happening in classrooms around the country. Together they advocate for educator voices to be heard, for better teacher pay and working conditions, and for a more sustainable and inclusive teaching profession.

6. GLSEN support educators and recognize the key roles they have in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth. But as well as activating supportive educators, they believe in centering and uplifting student-led movements, which have powered initiatives like the Day of Silence, Ally Week, and more. I highly recommending searching their site for lessons and materials to make your classroom a safer, braver, inclusive one. I have shared some of the posters that I like most. Link.

7. If these posters have put you in a creative mood, and you want to design your own, personalizing them for the specific needs of your school community, then I highly recommend using Canva. I use Canva to add style to my teaching substance and whipped up this set of free posters in a matter of minutes. Not feeling confident about your design skills? No problem. Their drag-and-drop poster maker and templates makes it easy to get the look you want. Link. Thank you to Emily Zien for letting me know about these teacher-created posters from Emily Meadows.

8. A few years ago I discovered these Pride posters created by the sports brand Converse. You could always update them…using Canva. Link.

9. If you are looking for yet more inspiration, a great place to check out is Mark and Becky Foellmer’s popular site, CBHPE. On their site you’ll find all manner of great ideas and resources that have been shared by teachers from across the globe. Mark and Becky amplify the voices of educators and use the site to facilitate the sharing of ideas for improving student learning by infusing technology, including Chromebooks and other devices, into Health and Physical Education classrooms! Link.

10. One of the most creative health educators I know – book writing, podcast creating, outstanding presenting and keynoting, and general all-round warm and genuine person, is Scott Todnem. He takes classroom decorating to a whole new level with the blackboard art in this image above. While I’d love to be as talented as Scott, I might just stick to the poster making for now.

If you come across any other sites that are offering free posters for the classroom, please share them with me on social media, or in the comments section down below and I’ll add them to this blog post.

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