Back to school bulletin boards can be a real chore. Try these time-saving teacher hacks to get your boards hung right the first time and help you beat those bulletin board blues!
Plan your wall space
When planning your classroom set up it’s just as important to plan out your wall space. Once I have a plan, I hang my boards first, before moving any of the furniture. Use the empty floor space to lay out your paper or fabric to help visualize where you want to place your boards on the wall. Keep in mind the other things you’ll be adding around the boards such as pocket charts and posters. You don’t want to have to move them once they’re up.
How to make sure your bulletin boards are straight
This year as I was using my handy dandy level necklace my teammate wandered in and said, “I was hanging pictures this weekend and I discovered I could put a level on my phone.” I never even thought of that!
When covering your boards, fabric is a great alternative to butcher paper. It doesn’t fade and is super easy to store. I get most of mine at Walmart, on clearance at Hobby Lobby, or my local fabric store. I store extra paper behind my filing cabinet or in a clean trash can behind my classroom library shelf.
Save time by layering
When reporting back to school, our custodians aren’t always finished cleaning our classrooms. We sometimes have to wait for the carpets to be cleaned before we can set up furniture. Keep your back to school bulletin board supplies in an easy to reach place so you can use that time to get started on your walls. When packing up at the end of the year I always pack my bulletin board board bags LAST so I can get to them FIRST.
Hanging back to school bulletin boards doesn’t have to be a chore. With a little planning ahead and these simple tips you can save a lot of time and energy and get your classroom back to school ready in no time! Check out Part 2 of this series, Making Your Bulletin Boards POP!