Posted in Classroom Ideas, Food for Thought, Regular Update

Bulletin Board Real Estate

I think that bulletin boards are highly underestimated pieces of classroom real estate. I know that I underestimated them until I began my internship this year. I think part of the problem is that when I (and I assume others) think “bulletin board” I think elementary school. And I want to teach at the secondary level (grades 7-12). So I don’t necessarily want a board with cute art projects because that’s just not where my students are. (I do love a good art project though.)

This year though, I’ve seen two bulletin boards that I’ve fallen completely in love with, and they really couldn’t be more different. Let me tell you a little bit about them.

bulletin board 1:

Bulletin board 1 showcases a million different cool things. I know that “a million” sounds like some serious hyperbole, but I assure you it isn’t. This bulletin board is full of so many cool posters – movie posters, book posters, quote posters. I literally go into the room that houses this bulletin board and stare at it. I want all those posters. I want them for my classroom. I want them to be in my life even when I can’t go visit this bulletin board anymore. This is a bulletin board that I find inspiring because it makes me think about how all these things can be applicable to an English classroom (where this bulletin board lives) and to students. I really want to know how all these posters ended up together and what the students think of them. And I think it would be great to have this type of bulletin board one day because it’s a great use of bulletin board real estate.

Bulletin board 2:

Bulletin board 2 is great for different reasons. This is a bulletin board that showcases student work. I think that right there regardless of what that work is is great. Showcasing student work really makes the students a part of the classroom. They have ownership of some real estate because it’s their work that’s on the wall. I think that aspect of this bulletin board alone is fabulous.

I also really like that every marking period the work on the board changes to reflect the theme of the quarter. This isn’t a stagnant board. It’s constantly changing and becoming something new. And it’s giving students the opportunity to grow and evolve throughout the year and see that reflected and showcased.

What do you do with your bulletin board real estate? What do you dream of doing with your bulletin board real estate?


Posted in About the Nook, Regular Update

I’m Still Here

I know that I haven’t posted in quite a while which isn’t fair to you, my readers. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been so busy between my internship, grad school, and the snow (so much snow!) that I haven’t been carving out proper time to sit down and blog. I have a lot of assignments going on for grad school right now as my semester only has about a month left. (Total craziness, I know!) I promise that with the start of a new month tomorrow (March starts tomorrow, guys!) that I will do my best to post more regularly. In the meanwhile, please don’t forget about me, because I certainly haven’t forgotten about all of you.


Posted in Pieces of Wisdom

Piece of Wisdom #3

don’t sweat the small stuff.

Sometimes you’re going to make a mistake. Or say something you shouldn’t have. Or make a comment on an assignment that you regret. Maybe you’ll lose your cool one day. These things happen because we’re all human. The key is to not get stuck there. You have to be able to pick up and move on. It’s better for you that way, and you need to provide a good example for your students.