The rantings of a teacher who retired from the classroom but not from education.
Not only is it the most important, heaven forbid you put up something fun like for Halloween and it's not standards based with a rubric to boot! Kids are gonna hate school.
You have no idea how ESSENTIAL bulletin boards are for the "learning process", whatever that is!!! They are more important than teaching itself....where have you been anyway, PO'd????? Don't you know how civilizations rise and fall due to good bulletin boards?I wonder if they can teach critical thinking and analysis using a bulletin board. Hmmmm......
It possible to put up a great b-board if you completed a wonderful project with the class. But now they are being used to judge what goes on in the classrooms. And many teachers are forced to put new ones up each month. Sorry, but teachers have other things to do. I say a 2-month b-board is fair giving teachers more time with students.
I absolutely think its so much work to put up bulletin boards but I decided to make the kids part of the process with me as I did it. Instead of buying bordering, I had my little kiddies make a color pattern, shape pattern and snow border theme by using only sentence strips. It saved me money, a 'craft' project and I was also able to show off the work of my students. The problem with what I did though was that the administration only saw the 'aesthetics' of the board, not the 'true authentic academic value'. I have learned from all of this is that admin see what they want to see that looks 'good on paper' and ignore the rest.
I hate making BB. I'm lucky that we have 2 for 4 classrooms and the other teacher loves doing BB , so she does them. I have a display in the classroom that I got from another blog. Manilla folders. The top decorated by the kids, with their photographs. The bottom a gallon ziplock. The students put their work they are proud of in the bag.
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