How to Design Bulletin Boards for the Classroom

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Many teachers rely on bulletin boards both as classroom decorations and instructional aids. These easily changeable classroom design pieces allow teachers to create displays that are thematically tied to the lessons at hand. By surrounding students with content material via bulletin boards, teachers can increase students familiarity with the information and likely lead to better comprehension and retention.

1 Decide which topic

Decide which topic you would like to feature on your bulletin board as the first step in the planning process. Avoid featuring more than one topic on each board as mixing topics may be confusing to your students.

2 Create a canvas for your bulletin board

Create a canvas for your bulletin board by covering the surface in construction paper or fabric.

3 Pick engaging images to feature on the display

Pick engaging images to feature on the display. To make your bulletin board attractive to students you must feature things that students want to see.

4 Create a title

Create a title using pre-cut or hand-cut letters. By titling your bulletin board, you can make the purpose of the board immediately clear to students. Select a catchy title that relates to the contents of your bulletin board. When possible, use alliteration or figurative language in your title to get students attention.

5 Gather academic information to feature on the bulletin board

Gather academic information to feature on the bulletin board. Place examples of student work related to the topic on your board, as well as other media you think will engage your students like pictures, charts, graphs or maps. By placing this academic information amongst the engaging features of your bulletin board you can sneak learning in.

6 Add elements

Add elements to your bulletin board that require student interaction. For example, place a student poll question in the corner of your board and allow students to respond to the poll on the board surface. As students interact with the bulletin board they will be more likely to take time to view the contents and gain information from the topic covered on the bulletin board.

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.