Word walls can take up quite a bit of room, so I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of them.
I try and refer to the word wall all day long. I started putting the words on different colors, and it has made a big difference. I can say, "that" is the word that is on green, next to "so." It has helped students find words much more efficiently. I also find that I encourage the word wall more.
Since the purpose is to have the students take ownership of the word wall and use it as a reference, I have had them place the words on the word wall when we add new words.
Some ways to use the word wall daily are by incorporating it into a work station. Mr. Giso's Room to Read has a great free What to do With My Word Wall set! It has all sorts of activities that students can use during literacy work stations.