Bulletin boards are an essential part of any classroom. Apart from communicating assignments, lunch menus and school announcements to your students, they are especially useful for posting a variety of student projects. They are a low-cost solution to facilitate the publishing stage of the writing process in composition projects, for example. It does not require any special expertise to hang a bulletin board. Some Quartet brand bulletin boards include special mounting hardware that makes it easy to hang them.
Position the bulletin board on the wall. Once you have decided on its exact location, mark the positions of the board's upper corners. Be sure to press lightly with your pencil, so it will be easier to clean up any marks you have to make during this process.
Press the spirit level firmly against the wall, maintaining a horizontal position. Depending on the bulletin board's design, place the level 1/2 to 3/4 inches below the corner marks. Holding it in place with one hand, gently nudge the level's right edge up or down until the air bubble is in the center of the two lines. Draw a fine pencil line across the level's top edge. Using the tape measure, mark the positions of any mounting hardware you may need to install.
Install the mounting hardware. Quartet bulletin boards have two basic types of mounts: double-sided foam tape or a mounting bracket fastened with a screw-and-wall anchor.
To install the mounting bracket, drill the pilot hole. Gently tap the wall anchor into the hole with a hammer. Place the screw into the mounting hardware. Before tightening, use your level to ensure the mounting bracket is perfectly level.
Wipe away the pencil marks with soapy water. Pat the wall dry with paper towels. Hang the bulletin board.
When using a screw-and-wall-anchor combination, make sure that the drill bit is the same width as the wall anchor's shaft. If the bit is too big, the wall anchor will not catch. If it is too small, you will damage the anchor when trying to tap it in.
If you are using double-sided foam tape, do not peel back the protective plastic facing the bulletin board until you have washed off the wall's pencil mark and the wall is completely dry.
- "The Writing Process in Action: A Handbook for Teachers"; Jackie Proett and Kent Gill; 1986
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