Fun with Back-to-School Bulletin Boards

Trying something a little different this year, I created a “Summer Travels” Bulletin board, and it quickly became one of my most popular interactive bulletin boards ever!

Staff and students filled out “suitcases” with their names and travel destinations.
I love to encourage reading … this board featured some of their favorite book titles from the previous year – along with a few new titles to our collection.
As much as I love my interactive boards, sometimes it is just nice to use the posters that we receive from publishers!
Towards the end of September, this bulletin board transformed slightly to …

Dots Helps Us Make Our Mark!

Every September, we participate in International Dot Day – a global celebration of courage, creativity, and collaboration. It is based on the Peter H. Reynolds’ book entitled The Dot—the story of frustrated grade school artist, Vashti, as she sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. “I just CAN’T draw!” she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who “can’t” draw either, and laments that he could never become “a really great artist” like Vashti. However, she encourages him to try, just as her
teacher did. The open-ended conclusion encourages students of all ages to contemplate how they can make their own mark in the world.

Peter H. Reynolds is one of my favorite author/illustrators!

We discussed fixed versus growth mindset, making our mark, and then students created their own art to take home and share with their parents.

Students used our recycled dot-shaped crayons, too! This is a great use for old, broken crayons — find out how to make them here.