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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 charts handwriting chart Pledge of Allegiance
attendance chart letter charts rules
birthdays number chart school calendar
classroom calendar outstanding work weather chart
classroom helpers phonics chart word wall
current events photo gallery writing 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:

assignments motivational posters
bell or period schedule newspaper clippings
calendar periodic table (science class)
classroom rules Pledge of Allegiance
current events school news
famous people/sayings student writing(s)
homework policy team schedules

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher
Anthony D. Fredericks, Ed.D.

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