Four Ideas For Bulletin Board Learning
In pretty much every school, you'll find a plethora of colorful bulletin boards meant to inspire learning. Whether they're themed for a coming holiday, meant to introduce the children in the class, or are simply reflective of the character of the classroom, bulletin boards can be a way to connect with kids on a smart, entertaining level.
Bulletin boards also serve an important purpose by reaching out to kids who are in the most danger of being overlooked. You know the ones—they're quiet, shy, well behaved, not any trouble, and they can easily ride the tide of classroom relationships without ever finding themselves beached at the teacher's desk. Bulletin boards reach out to kids who might be introverted and in need of a little stimulation. Perhaps they'll spot something on the board that is especially meaningful and realize that their teacher is a kindred soul they can trust.
Teachers might start the year full of bulletin board ideas, but as the months go on, we could all use a little creative help. Here are some bulletin ideas that are sure to make your classroom shine!
The Happy Wall
This bulletin board requires participation of students. Have every child write (or draw, if yours is a younger class) several things that makes them happy. They can use whatever colors, fonts, frames, and other decorations they like. Mount every word on a black background for a colorful wall of happy thoughts!
Great Mistakes in Science and Engineering
We celebrate lots of successful discoveries and experiments, but what about the oops moments? Those are just as important as the hurray moments! Help your kids discover that science and technology moves forward whenever we make mistakes by posting a board of scientists and their downfalls that have resulted in great new inventions and knowledge. For example, if Alexander Fleming had been more careful with the cleanliness of his lab bench, penicillin might never have been found. And if Spencer Silver had succeeded in making a stronger glue instead of a weaker glue, we wouldn't have Post-it notes! Speaking of Post-it notes...
Post-it Note Meet-up
Using three Post-it notes for each child, have them write down the answers to these questions:
- What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
- Who do you know, other than a teacher, who has gone to college?
- What do you like to do when you're not in school?
Stick all answers to a bulletin board so students can try and guess who answered what!
Great First Lines from Books
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb and he almost deserved it.” C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Make a bulletin board filled with great first lines of children's literature! Try and choose lines from books your students might want to read, and be sure to have those books on hand in your classroom or at the school library, because it's hard to read just one line!
Math + Bulletin Board = Extra Practice (Fun!)
Invite your kids to keep math in the front of their minds by posting a new problem on your math bulletin board each week. Students can write what they think is the answer on Post-it notes and stick them up there. At the end of the week, you can figure the problem out together!