Classroom Bulletin Boards - Make a Statement

Classroom bulletin boards should represent you and your teaching style. Face it, as families walk into your classroom for the first time for back to school night or conferences, what will they see? Will they see a plain and simple classroom bulletin board, or will they see a bulletin board with some style? You can set the tone for your learning environment by following these simple steps.
  1. Choose a theme for the year or sememster - A couple of years ago for my first grade class, I did a "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom" theme. In the hallway right outside my door I made a coconut tree and then wrote the title, "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom Look Who's in my Room." I then used the letters of each student's first name, and put them around the tree. What theme would your class enjoy? Think about that and pick some classroom bulletin boards sets that will contribute to the theme.
  2. Pick a focal point in your classroom - Is there a teaching area in your classroom where you will meet everyday? Make your special teaching spot fun. Your classroom bulletin boards should reflect your style. There is no doubt that you will be spending a lot of time looking at your classroom bulletin boards. One of my coworkers loved the mountains, so every year she would add to her mountain themed bulletin board sets.
  3. Don't just look at them, teach with them - Classroom bulletin boards can be incorporated into learning activities and routines. From calendar time to science time, they can help students gain math skills and inspire writing activities.
As you begin your back to school shopping, think about how you can make your classroom reflect you and provide a warm, inspiring learning environment for your students. Make your classroom stand out on back to school night!
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