Bulletin Board Shortcut

With school kicking off, teachers everywhere are busy creating welcoming bulletin boards that will soon display exemplary student work. When I moved from teaching middle school to elementary school, I learned a trick that's well known among lower-grade teachers but a secret to many in the upper grades.
Instead of stapling student projects and papers directly to the wall, clothes pins can be used to attach the work examples to a row of background papers. Students will constantly create new work products, and this method allows the display to be changed just as often. I was able to use these purple background sheets for the entire school year last year. When we were ready to display something new, I just pulled down the old papers and clipped up new ones.

The plastic clothes pins pictured above can be replaced with wire paper clips, fancy plastic paper clips or wooden clothes pins which are easy to paint and repaint for each year's theme. Some large projects need two pins to keep them from curling.


More Fun Back-to-School Stuff

Click over to Babalisme for this cool page of back to school labels, perfect for sprucing up lunch bags and school supplies.

Image from Babalisme.


Back to School Printables

It's that time again. It's the time of the year when I creep cautiously out of my summer schedule into the alarm clock and coffee mornings of the school year. As much as I hate to give up sleeping 'til I wake up and staying up as late as I feel like all summer, there is something very fun about the beginning of the school year, full of possibilities and excuses to get new school supplies.
If you also love the smell of a fresh box of crayons and the excitement of selecting new pens and folders, then you'll enjoy these free printable back-to-school themed notecards from Tricia-Rennea.
These colorful illustrations would be perfect for lunchbox notes, teacher or carpool gift tags, or encouraging notes from teachers to students.

Then visit Don't Eat the Paste for this fantastic printable multiplication, geometry, punctuation and color wheel review cube. Print the free pdf and fold into a cube for classroom review or homework practice. Then check out the Don't Eat the Paste printable name tags.Images from Tricia-Rennea and Don't Eat the Paste.