wall measure up 3'
for the bottom of the bulletin area and up
another 3' for the top of it. The size is just for what bulletin
board paper was meant. The length of each section
should be no more than 5 foot. It enables you to get the most out of rotating in and
out the best pieces of work at different times during the year..
Use bulletin board paper of different colors. By
giving each section a different color you enhance the chances of
the work displayed catching the eyes of all students. It may be
necessary to seek other methods of papering if you do not have
ready access to this type of paper. Ask the art room for
construction paper and carefully tape the paper to the wall.
Another source for background is sale material from places such as
Wal-mart and JoAnn's. One more idea is wrapping paper, although it
is often a bit shorter than 3'.
Now for the edges. Since few of us can easily trim
large pieces paper neatly, edges, just like trim in your home, or a
frame on a photograph are necessary. Of course your first option is
to purchase many unique ones from teacher stores. Another outlet for
them can be found at dollar stores such as Dollar General or the
Dollar Store during the month of August. Further do not be afraid to
discuss the matter in the teacher's lounge, often teacher's have
plenty of cast-offs that they will gladly share. A more creative
approach is to make some
yourself from poster board that is cut into 1 1/2" to 2"
strips. Since there are a variety of colors of poster board to be
used the possibilities just might be endless. Taking it a step
further because you are the truly unique sort add more pizzazz by painting,
drawing, or lettering the strips to your liking.
As for the work to be displayed it is to your
discretion. Do remember that students will often openly ask why one
piece made it and others did not. In each different section put up
only one class periods work. Try not to mix and match classes
because the theme of each section will be lost. In addition label what each section is about for example if
students have done pictures of animals of the Galapagos Islands
make sure to have a label of that on this section. You can either
have a student make the sign or make an easy one on the computer.
Putting a students work up on the bulletin board
is a lot like a parent pinning it to the refrigerator. Not only does it make these students proud it also
encourages others to do better so that they can achieve a spot on the board
as recognition for a job well done.