When I moved into my classroom at the beginning of this year, I had big plans for the giant bulletin board that stretched along one of my (small) walls above my counter. It was going to be my fabulous MATH BOARD, and it was going to be colorful, interactive, and just plain wonderful. Then the school year started, testing happened, and the board ended up totally covered with a random hodgepodge (technical term) of signs displaying math terms and definitions. There was no rhyme or reason other than, "CRAP! Here's ANOTHER concept that will be on THE TEST that I didn't have time to teach! Better put up a sign and hope my darlings look at this board!!!!!" I know, I know, good teachers everywhere are cringing and shaking their heads at me with disdain.
One other new feature is a Challenge section. Meeting the needs of my brightest math students is something I've been slacking on this year. It can just be so hard to leave a guided group of your most needy students to work with your advanced kiddos--even though they need you just as much! I'm comitting to finding more ways to challenge my students inside and outside of guided groups throughout the rest of this year and into next year. While this means meeting with their groups more frequently, it also means independent and group activities that will exercise their math minds when they are not meeting with me.
1 week in, the kids told me they really like the new board. One even said, "Everything is so organized!" Be still my teacher heart. The most important thing, though, is that everything displayed is for a PURPOSE--enhancing the learning of my students. Isn't that what it's all about? :-)
Do you use interactive bulletin boards? This is my first venture into them, and obviously this board isn't really interactive, but it's still a step in the right direction! I'd love to hear more about how you make your bulletin boards a meaningful part of your teaching!