The Next Page Entry 3: Bulletin board renovation

The Next Page Entry 3: Bulletin board renovation

Before…

classroom walls decorated
Note: just for explanation purposes. This is *not* my classroom.

After…

nada! Blank walls. But not for long…


“Now, in groups of six, take down what I have up there.”

I loved it. First day of school and the walls are now bare. Thanks to the kids.

Really, what was I thinking? I’d slapped up stuff that was going to become background visual noise in a matter of a week, if not sooner. 

So I formed the groups and down everything came.

“Now, it’s time for your group to plan a theme of what you want up there. And we have an hour to finish.”

Gotta give kids constraints, I figure.

Soon, one wall featured a ‘land’ of video game characters one wall featured kids’ birthdays [which was one of the themes that had been taken down, but I preferred the kids’ ‘create your own bday poster’ approach], and another was solar system-based, but with a kid’s twist, with all kinds of traffic control and speed limit signs and Taco Bell and SPCA billboards [shrug], and garage sale posters.

And then one group just asked for a large sheet of blank, yellow butcher paper. 

“It’s for graffiti!” they told me. “Kids with a pen or pencil can write or draw what’s on their minds.”

Whoa…open-ended. I can learn plenty from these kids…

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