Friday, February 19, 2016

Keeping it Simple: Bulletin Boards

Hi! It's Kim from Quinnessential Lessons. I am here to share my new approach to bulletin boards.

I think sometimes teachers are our own worst enemy. We go above and beyond in everything that we do. In return we can easily burn out. Like many of you,  I spend too much time on Pinterest looking for lessons, crafts, and bulletin boards that will inspire and amaze the students, parents and other teachers. The result - I am constantly half way through projects, trying to finish and hang them up before we are into the next season.

When I started teaching I would change my bulletin boards every..single..month! I am surprised I did not lose my mind.

I love having my bulletin boards covered with colorful displays of student work. What I don't love is having to change those bulletin boards or worse, I hate being embarrassed when I still have a halloween display up long after Thanksgiving.

This year I started taking a new approach - Keep it Simple!

I decided I would only change my boards a few times. The first was a typical Open House displays. These could have stayed up all year.

You can read more about this display here.

As the weather turned colder and we started our fraction unit, I looked for a quick and easy bulletin board idea that would take me through the winter.

I used this activity to review equivalent fractions with my students.

These adorable snowmen are from Krista Wallden at Creative Clips. You can get them free here.

In another month I will need to come up with a final spring bulletin board idea. One that will take me through the end of the year. 

How do you Keep It Simple with your bulletin boards? I would love for you to share your ideas. 


  1. I agree, Kim. We can make things so much harder for ourselves, but we don't need to. I did a "Minion Reasons to Read" board for the Fall, a "Warm Up with a Good Book" for winter and I'm not sure about my spring board yet. I may have students take "shelvies" and post what books they want to read in the springtime. Last year, we put those up all around the school and that was kind of fun! But I had to come up with another idea for a bulletin board!

    1. I love the "shelvies" idea! It sounds like a great way to include the entire school. My teammate is obsessed with Minions. She has a similar bulletin board in the hallway outside of her room.