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Bulletin Boards: Themes and Tips


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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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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher © 2005 by Anthony D. Fredericks. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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