And So It Begins….

Holy smokes, am I exhausted!  I feel like I’ve been running non stop since school started on Monday.  This year I’m teaching two classes in addition to my duties in the library, and I’m finding that wearing a few different hats is very time consuming.

I plan on taking the rest of the evening for some relaxation and to take some deep breathes, but I wanted to pop in quickly to show off some of the work I’ve been doing this week.

It is a well known fact amongst those who know me that I am not creative or particularly handy with “projects”.  I often joke that one of the reasons I chose to be a high school teacher rather than an elementary one was that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life decorating bulletin boards!

That being said, I decided that since I was going to be spending two hours a day in an actual classroom, I wanted to make it a little bit more inviting for my students this year.  The classroom I’m inhabiting has three bulletin boards in it, and I knew the first step of making my room look more homey was doing something about the torn borders and ratty paper.

I got to school Monday morning with only a vague idea of what I wanted to do with them, but I gathered my supplies and hoped inspiration would strike.

Strike it did!  I managed to get all three done, and I’m actually really proud of the finished product.

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The first board was a no-brainer.  You can’t go wrong with a school spirit thing!  I bought a purple chevron boarder to go around the yellow paper, threw up a few school flags and a school calendar, and called it a day.

One of the classes I teach is government, and, when I found the cool vote border, I knew I wanted to do one of the boards in a government theme.  I found quotes from a few of our presidents, and posted them along side their pictures.  I tried to find quotes that could really apply to the students and their potential, and I think I settled on some great ones.

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The biggest bulletin board was actually the one had the firmest idea about.  My very favorite quote in the world is one by Teddy Roosevelt, and I wanted to build a theme around it.  I created some posters from some of our trip pictures that included that quote and two others (I’m really big on quotes in case you haven’t noticed!).  These three quotes all have to do with success, accomplishment, and trying things outside your comfort zone.

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This bulletin board is actually going to function has a class project.  Tomorrow, I’m handing the kids a Bucket List worksheet.  They’re going to have to seriously think about ten things they want to accomplish in their lifetime, but there’s a catch.  At least one of their bucket list items will have to be something they can reasonably accomplish this year.  I’m going to take each student’s goal for this year, and post in anonymously on the board.  Once they do it, they are going to bring a picture of themselves doing their particular goal, and I’ll hang it up.

I’m really excited to see how this project turns out, and I hope the kids take it to heart and do some great things this year.  I’m even going to post on the board, but I’m not telling anyone which one mine is until I do it!

I’m off to sweat out some of the stress from the last few days, and then relax with the husband.  Have a great evening everyone!

What is one thing on your bucket list this year?

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4 thoughts on “And So It Begins….

  1. Rachel

    I’m loving your purple chevron boarder! Great Presidential quotes and what a super creative interactive bulletin board idea!

  2. Carrie

    Nice work, friend! I’m not exactly crafty either, so I totally sympathize. The chevron was a great idea, and so was the school pride theme. One of my teachers had a bulletin board devoted to sports, and he’d cut news stories and pictures from the local paper and hang those up to highlight his students.


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