It’s true, creating amazing classroom bulletin boards can be time-consuming. Cutting out all those letters is a task that can make your hands ache just thinking about it. However, there is a huge amount of value in spending some time creating bulletin boards to support visible learning in your classroom.
As teachers ourselves, we know just how much work it takes to set up your classroom and set up amazing bulletin boards, so we’ve got a list of 10 simple techniques you can use to save serious time — and still produce something that looks good!
Simple Classroom Bulletin Boards
There are four steps you need to take when creating a new bulletin board:
- First, you need to figure out the purpose of your classroom display… Is it to support student learning in a specific unit? Or to display student work? Or to encourage positivity, self-regulation, and growth mindset?
- Once you know WHY you’re creating the display, you can start to collect the learning resources and information you need to display.
- Lay it out on the floor to decide on the best layout and methods of display – this is where these 10 display ideas will come in handy!
- Then you’re ready to start creating!
These 10 bulletin boards can be adjusted for any topic or content.
Use small folders, envelopes, or packets to make photocopies of information, checklists, writing prompts, or task cards easily available to your students. It’s a bulletin board AND an organization tool in one!
File Folders with Prongs
These file folders with fasteners are excellent for collecting and displaying student work on a bulletin board “art gallery.” At the end of the year (or when it’s time to change out the board), you can send the file folder home in their backpacks!
Clothespins and Clipboards
Another simple and affordable classroom display idea that has a great visual impact is to display information or student work using clothespins or on a clothespin line.
Clipboards can be used as a means to visually separate some of the more important information in a display. For older students who have the fine motor skills to manage it, you can also use clipboards to store checklists or photocopies that students need to access.
Wrapping Paper Bulletin Board Backgrounds
Use wrapping paper as a cheap and effective way to create a background for your display. You can find plenty at the dollar store, and you won’t have to worry if it gets damaged. Just grab another roll for next to nothing!
Hang Shoebox Diorama on a Bulletin Board
This is a really fun idea and one that you can get your students involved in. If it suits the purpose of your display, use shoeboxes attached with picture hanging strips to present information on your bulletin board in 3-D.
Sticky notes can be used in so many ways! Bulletin boards with sticky notes can include ones where students write on the notes and stick them up (such as a fun brainstorming display activity). Or they can be used to cover information, ideas, or classroom rewards that are revealed by pulling the sticky notes off.
Yarn, String, or Ribbon
Use yarn, string or ribbon, and thumbtacks to connect ideas in a classroom display. This is great for when you have a topic that is comprised of a few different elements or sections and is great for visual learners.
Printable Bulletin Board Borders
Printable classroom display borders aren’t just for looks! They help to group information and direct attention, so students can find what they need a little more easily.
Student Photos or Avatars
Creating student ownership of the learning space is such an important part of a teacher’s job. Simple things like incorporating student photos or customized student avatars into classroom bulletin board displays is a wonderful way of fostering this ownership.
Picture Frames on Bulletin Boards
Lightweight picture frames are another fantastic way to highlight important information, pictures, and ideas. You can easily stick these up using picture-hanging strips.