Motivational bulletin boards don’t have to be super involved or interactive. Just having a simple statement and visual board set up is perfect for older students.
How can you use this board with your students?
- Ask students to come up with a hypothetical annoying problem (ie having to wait for someone slow in front of you at the store). Now, change the scenario around where you reveal something about the “problem” that makes students realize why the situation is the way it is (ie the “slow” person just got out of the hospital yesterday and lives alone with no one else to do the shopping).
- After doing a couple hypothetical problems, ask students about a time when they weren’t given a chance to explain their entire scenario to someone and were frustrated.
- Finally, assign students a homework assignment to find a scenario in real life this week where the attitude of the writer was able to change the perspective on the scenario and write about the experience.
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Color Me Happy
- Black bulletin board border: A simple black scalloped border is all that is needed to complement the colors on the board.
- Black lettering: The black letters will pop out from the colors of the paper in the middle of the board.
- Construction Paper: Use the construction paper and/or cardstock for the board background.
Steps to Set Up:
- Begin with your colored paper in various shades and a stapler on the blank board.
- Start stapling the paper in both horizontal and vertical orientation on the board, concentrating in a gradual color change.
- Once all the background is up, add your plain black scalloped border around the edges.
- Finally, use your black bulletin board letters to add your tittle to the middle of the board “Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush. It can color any situation.”
High school or junior high students can definitely appreciate the meaning behind this school bulletin board idea better than younger students. Use it in the hallway for all who pass to see, or recreate it this school year as a classroom decoration with a message.
How else could you use this bulletin board idea in your school? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Submitted by: Emily