Thursday, May 2, 2013

Currently and Tricks of the Trade-Bulletin Boards

It is Thursday! My kiddos are off tomorrow (I have a half in-service) which makes me a happy teacher. I'm linking up with Joy in the Journey and Compassionate Teacher for a brand new linky party.

One of the things I love about the blogging world are all the new ideas I get from other teachers. When I read others blogs I become inspired to try new things, so I am excited about this weekly linky to see what other people's "Tricks of the Trade" are!

I'm going to be perfectly honest...bulletin boards are not my favorite. When I was in college, I created quite a few interactive bulletin boards and was excited to use them, until I entered my classroom and discovered that my boards are blocked by my classroom computers.

My Award Winning Work Board

My Published Writing Piece Board

I am thankful that I have five computers for my kids to use at all times, but it does make changing my bulletin board highly annoying! To save myself a lot of trouble I chose a background that I could handle looking at all year (light blue.) I then broke my one giant board into two by putting different dividers around each half.

One side of the board is my Award Winning Work-this is where I put any work that is "award winning." That doesn't mean the students received 100% on their papers, but that they worked hard and did their best. Sometimes it is one part of an assignment that was award winning, and their paper goes up there to be celebrated. It was empty when I took the picture because I had just mailed all the work home the day before this picture.

The other board is my published writing piece board. I use this board to hang their writing pieces when they have finished. The students like seeing their pieces on display after all the work they put into them.

By having two very generic boards I am able to keep the background/boards the same all year and I just change the pieces. This saves me the headache of fighting with the paper, and it means I only need to climb on the computer tables once a year instead of once a month!

Be sure to link up with Becky and Jessica and share your Tricks of the Trade!

I'm also linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade for May's Currently.

One last thing; Today is the last day to enter my giveaway! I'll announce the winners tomorrow night! Happy Thursday everyone!

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  1. I'm loving that it is so close to summer as well! Your summer sounds nice and relaxing- wish I could say the same.

    Sparkles, Smiles, and Successful Students

    1. I hope you get to have some relaxation in your summer!

  2. Hi Bethany!
    Thanks for linking up - I *love* your idea of displaying "Award-Winning Work" that encourages effort and progress in your students. That must be motivating - and so encouraging when they see their work displayed there!

    That is one HUGE board - I like how you've divided it up into two boards. Plus you're right - that light blue is beautiful :)

    I love your summer bucket list - it matches mine completely!

    Joy in the Journey

    1. Thanks Jessica! It was fun to think about some "tips" to share.

  3. I am your newest follower. I am so glad I found you on Currently.
    I am finally enjoying the sounds of spring/summer. :)
    Have a wonderful day!

    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

    1. Thanks Beth Ann, I'm heading over to check out your blog.

  4. I'm the same way with the bulletin boards. I LOVE interactive bulletin boards but I only have two small ones and a regular size board so I feel like I have to put up a general background as well since they're always changing. Yours look great though!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

    1. Thanks Sabra. I often wish I could do more, but I try to make it work.

  5. Bulletin boards aren't my favorite either. I used to have bulletin boards that were blocked by computers too. It was really a pain to change them.


  6. Hi Bethany!

    Thanks so much for linking up. I too am not a fan of constantly changing bulletin boards. That stinks that yours are blocked by your computers. You are smart to not worry about changing paper all the time.

    I also like your idea of recognizing when kids worked really hard on something even if they did not get a 100%.

    Have a great night! Thanks again for joining the party!

    Compassionate Teacher

  7. Your summer bucket list is simple, yet FULL! Creating is SO fun and before you know it, there went half a day! HA! I found your through the currently linky!
    Mrs. Richardson's Class