Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas: Community, Creativity and Achieving Your Personal Best
Starting the year off with the right messages and themes in your classroom can mean the difference between a great year and one where you are counting down the days until summer break. Those positive messages not only come from what is said, but how the classroom looks. Creating bulletin boards with themes that promote community, challenge creativity, and stress the importance of doing your best is a great way to lay the foundation for a productive and positive year. Check out the ideas below to get you started.
We Are Flying to Great Heights
Consistently reminding students that they can achieve anything can do wonders for their self-esteem and attitude. In many instances, that positive reinforcement may be the only encouragement they get. Create a bulletin board titled “We Are Flying to Great Heights” using the Boho Birds Bulletin Board Set. Cover the board in plain blue fabric or paper and use the birds, leaves, and tree limbs to decorate it. Assign each student a bird and ask them to write one of their goals for the year on a leaf. Use a prominent bulletin board space in the classroom to display their goals and remind them daily that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to doing.
When the school year starts there is inevitably a lot of anxiety. Encourage your students’ creativity by having them brainstorm ways to promote a peaceful school community. Cover a board or area outside the classroom door with plain white paper or fabric and label peace signs with each child’s name. Attach their two to three-sentence peace promotion idea next to their peace sign and hang them on the board. Starting the year on a positive note has never been so easy.
The feel of the classroom community plays a large part in how successful the school year is going to be. A community of supportive learners makes students feel welcome and encouraged which is why it is so important to send the message that everyone belongs. Using the We All “Bee-Long” poster and honeycombs create a bulletin board from a first day of school activity. Have students color in their honeycomb piece and, at the end of the day, hang them all together on the board. A plain yellow paper background would work well, but if you have a bee print fabric you could use it for a bit more pizzazz. Do not forget to make one for yourself, as well. It is important to remind students that everyone plays a part in the success of their classroom community – even the teacher.
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