02 August 2015

#2getherwearebetter: Bulletin Boards

Hey Friends! I just finished up a week of pre-planning, and have the first official day of school TOMORROW! I'm so excited! Slightly nervous, probably won't sleep tonight, but SO excited!

I know lots of you are still enjoying your summer, or are just starting to think about heading back to your classroom to get things set up. Well, today, I'm joining with LOTS of other bloggers, and linking up with Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Angie from Lucky Little Learners for #2getherwearebetter!

Today is all about BULLETIN BOARDS!
So, I suppose the first thing most people think of when they hear the words "bulletin board" is a brown cork board (granted, teachers find great joy in covering them up).

Sometimes bulletin boards don't always come in the form of a brown cork board.

Some classrooms don't have ANY! Some classrooms are lined with nothing but bulletin boards. Sometimes, I want to be able to hang something on a wall of cinderblocks, or the white board, or cabinets. So for this post, it's not just about bulletin boards, but using what space you have to be able to display and decorate!

NOTE: I am co-teaching this year. Normally every two classrooms are separated with a partition. We have the partition OPEN, and have one giant room.

Within our one giant room, we technically have TWO very large bulletin boards. We used those two bulletin boards specifically for content areas. Think, anchor charts, vocabulary, student work samples.
There's another bulletin board this size on the other side of the room. It's for math, science, and social studies.

This year's bulletin boards were covered using paper provided by our school - you know the stuff...big giant rolls, impossible to cut straight.
Last year, I used twin flat sheets from Wal-Mart. I LOVED them! The color was great, they held up beautifully. Not the greatest pictures, but you get the idea, I hope :)
The year before that, I used plastic tablecloths. I pretty much hated them. They were semi-see through, and were an abolsutely PAIN to put up. Never.Again.
Burlap was fun. It wasn't the easiest thing to put up, but not the hardest. Not sure if I would use it again or not.

Here's a close-up of the headers:
I made them on my Silhouette Cameo with scrapbook paper.

Bulletin boards are great, but, there's lots more to display than just content areas. Birthdays, essential questions, calendar, schedule, specials, classroom management stuff...the list goes on and on!

I'm so thankful for cabinet space, but man, are they ugly! I like to dress them up with border, and then use as display areas.
These cabinets will be for displaying birthdays. Stephanie (my co-teacher) has the same set of cabinets on her side of the room. She has January - May, I have June - December. You can actually see the month headers laying on the cabinet. :)
Here's another cabinet. "Sparklers" is our classroom management system. More on that in a different post. It's amazing what a little border and some fun letters can do! (Letters/circles made on my silhouette)
White boards are great, and we're really lucky to have two pretty large ones on both sides of our SmartBoards, however, they're SO BIG! And a little BLAH. Again, borders are my friend!
Have sections of the white board, helps students know where to find specific things. Keeps it consistent, ya know?
We used one section of partition as a whole-group focal point. We layered some "Bordette" for a fun look!
Sometimes, some cinderblocks, and hot glue are your best friends!

Supplies Needed:

  • Chevron Border - The ones we used are from Creative Teaching Press - they have so many amazing options. I've been using these same borders for 3 or 4 years...they hold up pretty well.
  • Polka Dot Border - Not sure where these came from, because I've been using them since my first year teaching! You can find similar at school supply stores or CTP.
  • Hot Glue - definitely good for the cabinets and cement walls!
  • Packing Tape - Perfect for white boards
  • Stapler - good for ACTUAL bulletin boards
ONE FINAL TIP/THOUGHT:
Choose colors/patterns that you can use most of the year, if not all year. My borders and bulletin board backgrounds don't change throughout the year. There's just not time for me to change them up. The work and anchor charts on them, change frequently, but the border and backgrounds do not.

Thanks again to Ashley and Angie for #2getherwearebetter!

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us! Your room is so big and as a person with a one bulletin board room, I am so jealous of your multitude of board space! I love the idea of layering borders. It really does make a difference!

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  3. Your boards look great!! I have to ask what you used to hang up the border on your whiteboard. I've tried tape and magnets, but it always falls down! I love the way it looks. I also adore your headers!!

    Bonnie
    The Cutesy Teacher

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  4. I love all the border tips here! Especially using the borders to define space on white boards and on around cabinet doors. They really liven up the place! Thanks for sharing!

    -Jessica
    The Whimsical Teacher

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