Some teachers seem to have an unending supply of inspired ideas for classroom bulletin boards. Others struggle for ideas! Today, creative mind educo talks about bulletin boards as instructions not as aesthetic by odetols Ebenezer — who created a useful bulletin board resource for teachers to see and be inspired.
I have discovered that bulletin boards are an under utilized resource for differentiating classroom instruction. Many of our teacher believed that bulletin boards were simply a means of making the walls of a classroom look “cute” or “welcoming,” and that bulletin boards were only a technique suitable for primary and grades. I, however, believe that bulletin boards are much more than decorations; they are essential and instructional tools for creating a instructions in classroom environment. And emphasize the learning that is taking place in the classroom.
Some teachers turn over to students the responsibility for creating classroom bulletin boards. Other teachers use the same bulletin boards for years
Some teachers integrate bulletin boards into teaching themes. Others don’t know where to begin.
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WHAT IS DISPLAY BOARD
A room without at lest one bulletin boards is barren, Students need to have something to look at besides bare walls. Bulletin boards teach, inform, inspire, and add a feeling of hominess to the classroom. Classroom display board is a kind of board that gives teachers the opportunity to display ideas for unique teaching. Bulletin boards reflect a class or school’s identity. bulletin boards also make learning visible, show what we value, offer opportunities for reflection, help learners make connections within and across subject matter and contribute to a shared and public body of knowledge.
AESTHETIC DISPLAY BOARDS
Aesthetic bulletin boards serve two very important purposes:
(a) they help students develop an appreciation for the world in which they live, and
(b) they provide opportunities for students to “dabble” into unfamiliar topic areas and to develop interests they did not even know they had.
To teach with a display board you will need an interactive display bulletin board
Interactive bulletin boards function as an instructional tool that can be built into existing learning experiences or lesson plans. This type of bulletin board is closely related to a learning center in that it contains specific task cards for students to complete.
WHAT IS INTERACTIVE BULLETIN BOARDS are designed to get the children involved. Made of materials that are moveable/hands-on, these boards help the formation of: students’ eye-hand coordination skills, visual discrimination skills, left-to-right discrimination skills, one-to-one correspondence skills, problem-solving skills, letter recognition, numerical recognition, color recognition and small muscle coordination skills.In this way, interactive bulletin boards act as a “secondary” or additional teacher in the classroom by facilitating intellectual engagement without direct teacher instruction.
Bulletin boards that challenge students to interact with them can engage them in the learning process more effectively than static display bulletin boards. Static bulletin boards can become simply part of the classroom décor after a few weeks, while interactive bulletin boards that change according to topical lesson plans can hold student interest and help different kinds of learners assimilate the new material in their own way and at their own pace. By allowing students to help create bulletin boards and to interact with them, students take ownership of the classroom and of their own learning experience. Students are challenged to be active learners and to actively seek out new information, to create new work, or to achieve higher grades that will be displayed on the boards.
PURPOSE OF BULLETIN BOARDS
Bulletin boards used as word walls can be powerful vocabulary-building tools. As students are exposed to new vocabulary, key vocabulary words are added gradually to the wall. Teachers facilitate review activities to practice the new words. Activities that allow students to interact with the word wall, such as those that involve moving the words to different categories or locations on the wall, help students understand and retain the new vocabulary. The purpose of a bulletin board is three-fold. First, it creates an area to showcase student work, which leads to greater self-esteem as students see their work displayed. Second, it provides an additional place for the classroom teacher to introduce a unit, stimulate interest, or just plain have fun with a topic third to create a positive learning environment (beauty).
Bulletin boards are meant to look appealing, not cluttered. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep them simple.
1. Display only a few items on each board and make sure to use proper spacing. Instead of adding to the display, try changing items or even rotating them.
2. create an eye-catching bulletin board, use beautiful and harmonious colors for the background
3. Display only what students are currently working on or have just completed.
4.try to Create an interactive exploration board. For example, let’s say that you were currently working on a unit about nutrition. Your display would have one or more activities about nutrition (with the materials on or near the display) that students would need to complete.
5. Usually bulletin boards are at an adult’s eye level, so for an interactive student display, make sure that it is at student eye level so they can easily have access it.
6. Make sure your Interactive displays as clear instructions that are age-appropriate, so your students can read and understand it on their own.
7. Make sure that you take all students’ ability levels into consideration when creating these types of bulletin boards. 8. Create bulletin boards that reflect past experience, curiosity and questioning
9. Use bulletin boards to include and motivate students
10. Try to create a board that can helps to reinforce a classroom culture that values individual differences, multiple perspectives, and the idea that “personal best” does not mean “the same.”
Questions to ask yourself as a teacher before you create a bulletin display
(a) What types of learners will I have in my classroom?
(b) How can I integrate the Common Core of the school into my current practice?
(d) How can I differentiate instruction to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of my students?
What is important is WHY you chose to create the display board and HOW you utilize its contents to create an interactive learning experience for your students. Be creative, be inventive, and make it your goal to design and implement an a interactive display