Fun and Functional Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas

As we start another school year, one ongoing task that is forever paramount is how to make students feel welcome.  Whether it’s veteran students coming back into the academic grind from the relaxing summer break to the new kids on the block who feel a little apprehensive about starting at a new school, finding a way to help everyone settle in makes the transition easier.  Utilizing bulletin boards is an excellent way to break the ice as well as helping students feel welcome and excited about starting the new school year.

Here are several ideas that can help make the transition easier:

Creative Decorations

Create name cards so that every student who enters your classroom feels a sense of belonging and makes the introduction process smoother.  Name cards are a great opportunity for students to learn names and get to know each other with activities that teach communication and collaboration.  The Fab-Tek Bulletin Board by Best-Rite features a tackable surface, available in standard or Hook-n-Loop Velcro compatible fabric, and is completely washable.  Fab-tek Bulletin Board by Best-Rite Continue reading

Bulletin Boards: Digital Isn’t Always Better

We all know that our ever-growing digital society will continue to become more digital.  Whether it’s being greeted at your hotel by a reservation computer screen or buying your food at an automated checkout machine, digital signage is here to stay.  However, don’t count traditional bulletin boards as obsolete yet.  Utilizing traditional bulletin and display boards are an excellent way to advertise and positively contribute to expenditures, operations, and Marketing.  Here are several instances where traditional bulletin sign and directory boards are still the way to go:

Solid Branding

Whether if it’s hung over the front window or right outside the entrance, any owner of a sandwich shop, diner, or coffee bar establishment knows that traditional signs do a better job of attracting large amounts of foot traffic.  Chalk it up to traditional marketing efforts but there’s something about seeing creative, hand-written “Lunch Specials” that makes the establishment more intriguing.  The Black Dry Erase Display Easel by Best-Rite provides a catchy and hard-to-miss visual for both frequent and prospective customers.

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Active Seating: Can We Learn How to Move?

The pursuit to maximize a learning environment’s effectiveness is always going to be paramount.  In our modern society, active seating solutions has ascended to become a game-changer in addressing the topics of enhancing student engagement, reducing classroom distractions, and promoting collaborative work.  According to Edutopia (2015):

“Since implementing flexible classrooms, Albermarle County Public Schools have noticed that:

  • Their students’ grades have improved
  • Their students seem happier and more engaged
  • Their students are participating more and having more invigorating conversations”

However, politics and budgets often dictate whether a school will make the leap towards innovation or keep the traditional classroom status quo.  Investing in active seating furniture helps determine if it can benefit your students and teachers.  Active seating creates a fun, engaging, and productive atmosphere that helps students develop critical life skills such as focus and team work.  The Sit and Stand Student Desk by Luxor is an excellent introduction to active learning by providing a feature-rich desk standing desk solution for your students, thus keeping them engaged, while allowing you to determine if it’s something you can utilize in some or all of your classrooms.

Sit and Stand Student Desk by Luxor

Adaptable Active Seating

In addition to enhancing student engagement, many active seating solutions feature portability and a compact footprint since every classroom is different and lesson plans constantly change.  Classroom seating that can accommodate different student age groups helps a school maximize its classroom furniture budgetary expenditures.  The DOT Soft Seating Floor Stool by Balt is portable, lightweight, and can keep students engaged during floor activities such as music class, arts and crafts, watching educational films, and productive during study hall!

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Teach, Tutor, and Collaborate with Easels

Among the many critical skills that students must develop at an early age are motor, cognitive, and social skills.  The earlier children develop these skills, the better it helps them perform in future classes as well as their professional careers.  Learning tools such as Easels can help develop these critical skills while also providing a flexible visual teaching aid for multiple classroom subjects and multiple grade levels.  Integrating easels in your classroom helps students develop their cognitive skills by visualizing their creative ideas, understand different artistic perspectives, and allows them to express themselves thus boosting their self esteem and confidence.

When looking for an easel for your learning environment, there are several factors below that can help guide your search:

Art Station Easels

Finger painting, shapes drawing, and imaginations run wild with Art Easels.  Designed for early school grades such as Kindergarten, art easels allow children to draw fun ideas and visualize how they see the world.  Many art easels also include storage cubbies and drawers for an all-inclusive drawing solution with ample space for multiple students to express their ideas.  The 4 Station Art Easel by Jonti-Craft provides a practical solution while offering ample storage, drawing space, and accessories to accommodate multiple teaching scenarios.

4 Station Art Easel by Jonti-Craft

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