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"Why cut forever, when you can just post the background"
"I made bulletin boards for years. By my 11th year, I figured out that
I would need exactly 15 sheets of construction paper for my bulletin board
and that it would take me close to an hour to place all the pieces. Then
I figured out you can just go to one of those "Just A Dollar Store" and
buy a paper, or non-shiny table cloth and pop it up. You can even get seasonal
backgrounds. It is so much easier, I think I updated the boards more often
because it wasn't as big of a pain to change the backgrounds."
Vital Issues of the Day
"Identify 5-10 important issues that should be addressed. Tack legal size
envelopes (face down) on a bulletin board with the name of the issue printed
on the back of the envelope so that you can open and close the lid. Ask
students to stuff envelopes with any articles or information that they find
during the week on any of the topics posted. Each week, spend about 10-20
minutes going over what each envelope had inside. Archive the information
after each week in a location that is then accessible to students. Topics
can change according as issues change."
"Use bulletin boards to post assignments for the week. This is a great
way to keep stuednts on track and for teachers to refer to each assignment
on each day class is in session. It is a good communication mechanism and
reminds students of their responsibility to complete homework assignments
or any other assignments that were given during the week. It also gives
students a head start on completing any work for the week and helps manage
Steps to Writing
"As a reminder to help students remember the steps to the writing process,
post the steps on a bulletin board for students to always have to refer
to. The steps include: Pre-writing; Drafting/Composing; Editing/Revising;
Publishing. Details under each step can be explained so that students have
guidelines. This will free the teacher to spend more time helping kids one-on-one
during the writing process because she/he doesn't have to explain it every
time writing is assigned."
Past and Present
"Ask students to bring in pictures of themselves as babies as well as a present day photo. If possible, ask for photos of family members as youngsters and present day photos of family members. Also ask that they bring in photos of any ancestors' photos that may be available. Make sure that the photos are labeled and that the students asked their families for input. Place these photos on a bulletin board specifying which are past and present with captions under each. This can be used as a great discussion of historical events that occurred during the times that the photos represent."