Well, this is what the bulletin board looked like before. Pretty sad to have an entire space in your classroom that you have not utilized this far along in the school year, but despite all of my other spaces being occupied and/or prettied up, this one sat at the back of the room empty. Yes, sadly, it was stark, cold and gray until a group of students and Oriental Trading entered the picture and brightened that space right up for me!
I realize such interactions will help them to know (or feel) that I am 'on their side' despite cracking the whip, figuratively speaking of course, during regular class time. So when I came across some of the cool items in the Oriental Trading Fall Collection, the wheels started a'turning. I ordered some of their cute Fall-themed plates, gathered up some bottles of Orange Juice and Water, and purchased a few boxes of donuts on the way to work, all in preparation for an early a.m. rendezvous I had pre-set with some of the students. I quickly found out that not much is cooler than getting a hall pass to go decorate a teacher's room early in the morning. Who knew??
I opened up my Fall Harvest Bulletin Board Set and placed the pieces individually on tables. We could have put pretty colorful paper down first, so there would be a background, but the time before school is very limited, so we had to go with the flow.
Included in the set was enough Fall Leaf border to cover my entire board. I wasn't sure there would be, since this particular bulletin board is pretty big, but it turned out to have just the right amount, which was awesome.
Each of the pieces pop out of the cardboard very easily (not tightly perforated) so there is no worry they will get ripped.
The designs were colorful and cute, and definitely matched the theme I was looking for in the room. Almost everything I have up is something 'necessary,' like Scales, Targets and Rules. We needed something cheery. This did the trick. Yes, my students are older, but you never outgrow cute. They had a blast getting these up...both the girls and the boys.
The biggest accomplishment for me, that I loved more than anything else was that they worked together happily. No 'clicks' or judgement, just everyone working together in the tight time frame we had, to do something non-typical and good for the classroom. It was awesome. So awesome in fact, that students who did not get to participate are asking if they can be selected for the Winter Theme. Did I know I was going to have seasonal themes? No! You can bet though, that I will. If the kids are happy in moments like these, they tend to respond better with gentle reminders in class, and that's win-win for everyone.