September 13, 2017 at 1:51 PM #29071Jonas SauderModerator@jonas
With school under way and the first bulletin boards in place, what are your plans to keep them fresh and active? Specifically, what ideas/plans do you have to…
1. Use the energy and ability of your students to produce new material for your class bulletin board?
2. Keep bulletin boards actively related to what is being studied in specific classes?
3. Stimulate students to actually read and in some way use classroom bulletin board displays as a resource in their studies?
Are there any particular ideas you have for interactive bulletin boards keyed to a particular subject?
September 16, 2017 at 11:14 AM #29268Peter Goertzen@petergoertzen
I’ve always been skeptical of the value of bulletin boards, to be honest, or at least of their value relative to the effort they take. To me, it’s seemed like time spent on bulletin boards could be better spent planning lessons and activities. But I’m open to rethinking this, especially this year, after my two sons (grades 1 and 4) have been inspired by a hallway bulletin board to do kind deeds for others.
I’ve often used bulletin board space for maps that relate to current studies. I like to assign poster-creation projects, and sometimes display the best posters on the walls of the room; if I had a bigger bulletin board to fill I’d put the posters there.
September 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM #29269Carolyn Martin@carolynmartin
My first grade classroom has one very large board (at my request). Currently pinned to the board are the student journal entries about their moms (consisting of a picture they drew and a sentence composed by them, written down by me.) We are just starting a science unit about animal habitats so the board is going to turn into a science showcase combining student contributions, habitat posters, and learning aids. My large board is mainly used as a way to display student work: journal pages, art work, projects about subject matter we are studying, etc. Putting student work on boards is a good way to get students to interact with the board.
Another teacher uses one of her boards to display Living History picture cards, changing them out as the units change. Another teacher has used one board as a vocabulary/reading work board, as a writing prompt board, and a “learn about a country” board. With all of these ideas the teacher needs to make a point of using the board during class time.
October 3, 2017 at 12:57 PM #37835Jonas SauderModeratorOriginal Poster@jonas
My observation has been that many “bulletin” boards function as occasionally-changing pretty wallpaper upon which some teachers spend an inordinate amount of time and energy preparing, compared to the amount they spend planning meaningful, engaging lessons. And many students give little more than a glance, other than to notice that the “bulletin” board is pretty or tastefully done. Some teachers dread the self-imposed need to “change the bulletin board” monthly.
But this need not be.
Consider reclaiming the term BULLETIN board. Consider integrating the visuals on the wall as part of your lesson/activity planning. Consider planning in such a way that you would be greatly hampered by not having a sizable bulletin board as a tool in your methodology. Consider using the energy of your students to produce the material that is displayed on the wall.
I’m sure some of you have done/are doing this. How are your bulletin boards interactive or integral to your classroom instruction?
October 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM #37903Crista@cris
I have found that a bulletin board with a calendar, birthday list and space for current events/news or the daily schedule is an easy way to decorate a bulletin board for the year in both younger and older grades. Students can be involved by contributing to news or current events and by updating and creating the calendar each month. It also keeps the students, parents and teachers organized and updated about classroom events and projects.
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