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Having Fun with Bulletin Boards


I won't lie - I am not fond (huge understatement!) of decorating. Which can be a problem because I teach next to teachers who have pinteresty classrooms!I tend to get caught up in other things and forget about changing out bulletin boards. Does anyone else have this problem?

Then I had a light bulb moment - what if I kept the main part of my bulletin board intact and just added seasonal touches to it? I really got excited about this idea. I think it may be the only time I've gotten excited about any of my own decorating ideas.


I started off by begging my very talented artistic friend to make me a gigantic paper doll of our school mascot. Technically, it's made out of wood - not paper. I originally thought that I would change the eagle's pose each time, but that didn't work out like I thought it would. I glued some neodymium magnets to the back of the paper doll pieces so that it would stick to my metal door. I didn't think sticky tack would do the trick, but the magnets were almost too strong. A couple of times I got quite a workout trying to get the eagle pieces off my door!


The eagle looks so much cuter all put together! Here's my first bulletin board with the eagle. I kept it pretty simple because I just wanted to change out the accents each month.


One of our first science units is on matter. The eagle is wearing a shirt that I bought at NASA. I raided the science supply closet and grabbed a beaker and some safety goggles.


For college day students and staff are encouraged to wear college t-shirts. The eagle couldn't be left out. The UT shirt didn't go over too well since a majority of people at my school are Aggie fans. :(


The next college day just happened to be on the day of my observation. My principal is an Aggie fan so I sold out and dressed the eagle in an A&M shirt that I borrowed from a friend. I, on the other hand, wore my Longhorn shirt!


My election day bulletin board was pretty simple - just the way I like it. A student generously let me borrow the hat she made during her free time in art class.


Our football team made it to the playoffs, so the eagle is sportin' some school pride. It seemed like the eagle didn't stand out well on the white door. One day I got a wild hair (it happens more than I care to admit) and I painted the door with black chalkboard paint. Luckily, I work in a school where that's not a problem.


I like the eagle better on the black background, but now the shirt blends in. This is one reason I don't like to decorate! Now that I have a chalkboard background, I can draw my seasonal accents.


Honestly, I'm not good at drawing but I had 2 artistic friends giving me advice and tips.With the paper doll bulletin board, there are so many possibilities! And, once you get a really talented friend to make the doll, it's pretty simple.

This new way of thinking about bulletin boards has helped, but decorating still isn't my favorite thing. Anyone else have trouble keeping their bulletin boards up to date?

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