#2gether We Are Better: Bulletin Boards!

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Yay!  I’m so excited to link up with Angie and Ashley for 2gether We are Better!  Aren’t they just the greatest?!?

This month is all about bulletin boards and I’ll confess…I am not a bulletin board fanatic.  I know…it’s kind of against the rules for a first grade teacher.

Yes, I love my room to be friendly, warm and welcoming.

Yes, I love displaying student work.

Yes, I love a beautiful board when I see one!

It’s just that in the “Pinterest-Era” I feel like I lack the creativity (and lets be honest, the time) to make every last part of my classroom perfect.

BUT I do always have fun putting boards together at the beginning of the year.  I try to find things that I can leave up all year or change out easily throughout the year.  My classroom loves bulletin boards.  Apparently, whoever designed me room thought “Teachers love bulletin boards.  We will put them everywhere – no matter if they will actually be practical or not!”

Really…Classroom Bulletin Board 200 and 300 Club

For a little perspective, that’s my ceiling.  This is in fact a cork board.  I can’t put paper on it due to fire codes, but we use this space to celebrate our kiddos who know 200 (our first grade goal) or 300 (the second grade goal) sight words.  Kids LOVE getting their name on the wall!

Classroom Birthday Bulletin Board

Here’s another tiny guy, but it’s just perfect for my student birthdays.  Last year I tried student pictures, but I kept getting new students, so this year I’m just going to put their names on little cakes to go with each month.

Small Hallway Bulletin Boards

I am so fortunate to have a ton of hallway storage with these little bulletin boards that slide to cover it.  There are six boards above my student lockers and they are PERFECT for student work to keep it visible for parents and other students!

I’m waiting on my class list to finish it up, but I’m going to hang these tiny clothes pins (they can’t be too big because the boards slide over each other to open the storage area) to hang student work.  It should be quick and easy to change out work so there won’t be too much ladder (ok, chair) climbing every time I want to change the work!

Hallway board

But here’s the big one!  I struggle with this board.  See that cut out for the shelves?  The TV bracket in the middle?

Classroom bulletin board before

Putting paper on this one is a chore…so I got permission to paint it.

Painted black bulletin board

Classroom bulletin board Painted Black

Classroom Bulletin Board Black and Rainbow

I think it looks awesome!  The paint is nice and smooth and the rainbow boarder looks perfect paired with the notebook paper banner (gotta love the Target dollar spot!)  I didn’t think it was possible for me to love this board…but I was wrong!

I’m going to put my kiddos pictures on the board and add tiny clothes pins.  This board is right behind my reading table, so during guided reading groups I use the clothes pins to give “green tickets” to the students who are working hard on their tasks.

This isn’t a true bulletin board.  It’s my classroom door, but I just gave it a makeover and I LOVE IT!  It looks so happy from the hallway and it’s actually chalkboard vinyl so I can write notes and celebrations on it throughout the year!

Classroom door chalkboard rainbow and quote

I can’t wait to see everyone else’s bulletin boards!  Be sure to check out Ashley and Angie’s blogs to read more or link up!

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5 Responses to #2gether We Are Better: Bulletin Boards!

  1. Your painted board came out amazing! Just think of how much time you’ll save not having to put paper up. I’m jealous of your hallway storage. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Always Kindergarten


  2. Laura K. says:

    Well done on the chalkboard!! 🙂 I love the quote too. Did you write that yourself?
    I remember seeing you decide on your blog title on Twitter! Love it and congrats!

    All the best,
    Laura K.
    Ms. Pretzel’s 2nd Grade Bugs


  3. Oh my goodness! What a great idea, painting the board! It looks SO fresh! I am jealous of your storage, too! 🙂 Looks great, Elisabeth!!


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