There are many reasons why creating an interactive bulletin board is a great option for the classroom. In addition to making good use of available wall space, it also provides colorful decoration and ever-present skill reinforcement. Interactive bulletin boards give your students a chance to stand up, sit down and move around based on the bulletin board’s featured activities. The next time you are creating a bulletin board, use some of the tips and tricks below to make it a fun and interactive learning experience for your students.
How to Make Interactive Bulletin Boards
Put It At Eye Level
An interactive bulletin board does students no good if they cannot reach it. When planning such a board, make sure that it is at their eye level and easily accessible for young hands. Since most bulletin board frames are at an adult’s eye level, you may need to paper the area below the normal bulletin board section to make it work.
Visual interest is the key to keeping children engaged in interactive bulletin boards. Plain, boring boards with little color or visual appeal will not hold students’ interest. Even if the topic being covered is interesting, students will quickly become bored and uninterested. Take the time to add coordinated colors and visual appeal to your bulletin board presentation.
Make It Durable
If students will be manipulating items on the bulletin board itself (i.e. – matching pictures of their classmates to hobbies they enjoy), make sure that the material you use is sturdy enough to withstand a lot of handling. Laminate materials that students will be touching and use the strongest Velcro or adhesive that you have available. By creating the bulletin board with sturdy materials at the beginning, you will save yourself time having to repair it over the course of the its’ display.
Provide Clear Directions
Interactive bulletin boards should have clear, concise directions that are easy for your students to read and understand. If some of your students need extra help with reading, consider recording the directions and allowing students to play them back as needed. Ideally, an interactive bulletin board will be an independent work station for students, so take their ability levels into consideration when planning activities and interaction requirements.
What do you take into consideration when planning bulletin boards for your classroom?
Are the majority of your bulletin boards interactive or just display?
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