At the beginning of the school year you've (hopefully) had some time to settle back into your classroom, and get it looking the way you want. But as the months fy by you may want to re-energize the classroom with some new scenery by way of a totally redecorated bulletin board.
Bulletin boards are a great way to bring a class together, help break the ice, find common ground and get everyone bonding - after-all, you're going to be spending a lot of time together over the next 10 months.
Thanks to all the awesome teachers who responded to the Pampered Teacher survey over the summer, we were able to compile this list of clever and inspiring ideas for classroom notice boards.
All About the Students
My Future Is So Bright I have to wear shades. Students wear sunglasses; hold a chalkboard that says what they are going to be when they grow up. I take their picture and put the pictures up on a door covered with blue paper, I use large sun cutouts to back the student photos and put the title up in orange. I do his before the end of the year picnic so parents can see it when they come to school. It is fun to see the parent's reactions.
My favorite number and what I like both give students a creative outlet and ability to express themselves. I also love when kids create book jackets for their current favorite.
Social media and digital citizenship
The word BE in the middle surrounded by all encouraging words to be!
New Year's board where we receive baby pics from parents and some info about the students as babies. The owner of each picture is secret so everyone can guess at the end of the month. I title it "Oh Baby" and use pastels colors and mount the pictures and descriptions on pastel paper and number them with die cut baby bottles.
Specials Classroom Bulletin Board Themes
“As a music teacher, I like showing students in addition to being a great subject in itself, music also affects other areas of their lives (cross-curricular, helps with non-musical skills like teamwork, etc)” ~Amy G., music teacher
I teach English and Spanish, so each new unit/theme has its own corresponding bulletin board set. We refer to it as The Information Station! Next to it hangs a shoe organizer that holds sets of vocab cards, books, and little games just for that particular unit.
Book add/ Publishing house: a board with a What Is New section and classics section to get students excited about reading
Charlie Brown themes
Pirates and treasure boxes
Cat in the Hat
Prints and Patterns
“I repainted my classroom this year using bright green, turquoise and a sea blue. So I'm using the dotted and paisley theme and trying to add something with it.”
~Staci C., elementary teacher
Fall Bulletin Board Ideas
Rustic and chalkboard themes
Colors: red with popcorn and orange
Winter Bulletin Board Ideas
Woodland animals especially owls
Colors: black, white
Spring Bulletin Board Themes
St Patrick's Day. We turned the kids into leprechauns!
The Amazon Rain Forest
Earth Day / Reduce Reuse Recycle
Colors: blue, green and bright colors
And remember, bulletin boards are something that you can ask room parents and classroom volunteers to help with. Many working parents that cannot help during the day would love to pitch in with tasks that can be done at home...perhaps "Parent Help" is another bulletin board idea. Think of it like a giving tree where needed tasks are posted and parents can take them when they're picking up or dropping off their children. It never hurts to ask!
Wishing you continued inspiration and creativity throughout your year!