Thursday, January 31, 2008

Standard-Based Bulletin Boards

Virtual Tour - Chets Creek Elementary
Standard-Based Bulletin Boards

WOW! What a busy day. We began this morning by watching the virtual tour of our school. What a great job Melanie and Susan did with this project. It was so rewarding to sit in the audience and hear the postive reactions. I also loved watching Maria in Jacksonville teach her lesson live. The students were so precious.

After a short break it was Debby and my turn. We presented on taking Standard-Based Bulletin Boards to the next level. We shared our struggle and process we went through to get to where we are. It's all about think outside of the box and knowing who your audience is. Will it just be the students learning from your board, your fellow teachers, or your parents. Our best boards include all three purposes. We also try to present our boards in a new way. We use recordings to let our audience hear the students. We sometimes use just pictures along with our commentary to show the student's results. The most important idea is not to settle for the same old board. Produce a board you are proud of and want to share with everyone!

After our presentation Susan shared her excellent work with Book of the Month. Followed by Suzanne and Melanie sharing about this great blog site. For all of you out there scared to start your own blog, Debby and I just started one. It is not great yet, but the ideas are there and we can't wait to learn as we go. Again, don't be afraid, just jump in and try. Isn't that what we tell our children to do every day?

We are looking forward to relaxing tonight. We are having dinner at the Chart House, it is on the Pacific Coast. It's a great change for us. While at dinner I am going to plan my day for tomorrow. I am going to have a hard time deciding which session to attend. They all look great.


Lauren Werch said...

Our bulletin boards are the best from the student work to the presentation. I hope you mentioned Mrs. Walag's name! I have to help her assemble the triad of BOM books at resource today!

Mrs.Lankford said...

Congratulations on a job well done!
Yummy! Chart House is one of my favorite restaurants.
See you next week!
Wanda Lankford

Amy H said...

I'm new to standards based bulletin boards and have a few questions:

1. When you post student samples do you include students who do not meet the standard?

2. How often do you change your bulletin boards?

3. How many boards do you have and are any posted in the hall?

I love the slide shows...I just wish I could see close up images of the commentary and tasks.

Amy H from GA

Melanie Holtsman said...

Hi Amy,
You can find a lot more about Standards Based Bulletin Boards on two of our coaches blogs:

Glad you found this information useful!