Character education bulletin boards are a nice touch for middle school classrooms and hallways. They provide a gentle reminder ideas throughout the day to catch good behaviors.
Problem solving becomes a little easier when there is a daily reminder with tips to help.
Optimism, perseverance, and growth mindset are great character traits to practice as much as possible.
How can you use this board with your students?
- Have students use small slips of paper with negative thoughts or actions.
- Pick 3 new slips each week and show students how to add the word “yet” to it to make it into a positive statement.
- Students can then do a journal prompt explaining which of the 3 most resonates with him or her personally and how they plan on implementing the positive thought throughout the next week.
Turning Negatives into Positives
- Red paper: Use a fade resistant background to really draw attention.
- Problem solving border: Great questions for students to consider.
- Black letters: The word YET really needs highlighted on the board.
Steps to Set Up:
- Place the red paper on the background of the bulletin board.
- Add your border around the edges.
- Use the black lettering to add …YET
- After getting student suggestions, type up the negative statements and add +yet= to each.
- Finally, choose the character trait that the new positive statement demonstrates.
Another potential way to use the board is to choose a monthly focus character trait and have students help you brainstorm examples of negative self-talk statements to change to positive examples.
Change out the board monthly when you are introducing a new concept. Some possible character traits to cover: optimism, empathy, perseverance, creativity, confidence, teamwork, and growth mindset.
How else could you use this bulletin board idea in your school? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Submitted by: Amy M.