Bulletin Boards: Themes and Tips

Included in this article are plenty of creative tips for decorating bulletin boards for your elementary or secondary classroom. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable. Bulletin boards make a great teaching tool for your students.
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Bulletin Boards: Themes and Tips

Bulletin Board Themes & Tips

Walk into most classrooms and you'll see one or more bulletin boards. Some will be creatively designed with eye-popping colors, dynamic illustrations, and three-dimensional letters. Others will simply be a hodge-podge of old, faded, and worn-out bulletins.

The difference is clear. Classrooms that are visually appealing and intellectually stimulating are those in which teachers have devoted considerable attention to their classroom bulletin boards. Your students will spend a significant portion of their waking hours in your classroom. It's important, therefore, that your classroom be one that excites, stimulates, and motivates students in a host of learning opportunities.

Elementary Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards in elementary classrooms come in all shapes, sizes, and dimensions. Many teachers typically use these bulletin boards and bulletin board items:

alphabet chartshandwriting chartPledge of Allegiance
attendance chartletter chartsrules
birthdaysnumber chartschool calendar
classroom calendaroutstanding workweather chart
classroom helpersphonics chartword wall
current eventsphoto gallerywriting guidelines

Secondary Bulletin Boards

Middle school and high school bulletin boards are often reflective of specific subjects or topics and, thus, can vary widely. Here are some standard examples:

assignmentsmotivational posters
bell or period schedulenewspaper clippings
calendarperiodic table (science class)
classroom rulesPledge of Allegiance
current eventsschool news
famous people/sayingsstudent writing(s)
homework policyteam schedules
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