Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bright Ideas: Use plastic dividers to display student work

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you have seen several of my back-to-school posts. You heard me This week was back to work for teachers and on Monday I get to meet my new class (well, the few that didn't make it to Meet the Teacher). I'm so excited for this school year!

I wanted to share a little Bright Idea. This is something I totally stole from another teacher my first year of teaching, I've used it ever since (and this will be year 12 for me!). I'm so not the type of teacher that is in to making super cute bulletin boards and changing them out during the year. I am low maintenance - I typically leave most of my same bulletin boards up for several years at a time before I feel the need to change them.

This is my current student work bulletin board...

These pocket dividers are colorful yet transparent and make a super easy way to display student work. As an added bonus, it is sooooo easy to change it up throughout the school year without doing a major overhaul (you should of seen me just trying to put up a piece of butcher paper on the wall...hilarious!). They are also super cheap and very durable. Most of the ones I have are from my first year of teaching (well, not these, because I wanted different colors this year).

Just cut off the divider tabs and attach them to the wall (I just staple the top). Throughout the year students can slip in their amazing work. I mostly use them for student writing, and I have them leave their work in them all year so at the end of the year - BAM - writing portfolio!

The nametags are simply laminated and hot glued on (they peel off super easy when you want to change them). I use a Vis-a-Vis marker so that I can easily change the names for the following year.

For those of you that use GoNoodle, you'll notice a theme here. All of the tags are free from GoNoodle! My previous theme was popcorn. You can get an idea of what it looked like before...

I hope you found my Bright Idea useful and that you have an WONDERFUL back-to-school, whenever it may be for you. For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. This would be great for Writing Night at my school. We have to display student writing in the hallways, and I struggle with finding a way to make it look good and not messy. I will be upcycling some dividers for sure! Great Share

  2. I absolutely love this idea! I am definitely going to stock up on dividers so that I can use this in my portable this year!
    Curls and a Smile

  3. This is such a great idea, especially in our schools where admins are saying we can't tape or pin the the walls! Love it!

  4. Great idea! The dividers make it colorful and more appealing!

    Krazy Town

  5. I couldn't agree more with your bright idea! I have been using dividers for Unfinished Work for a few years now...displayed on the wall. It's probably one of the best organizational tools that I use!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  6. Nasreen! You may have saved my life!!! I HATE doing bulletin boards. People often ask me "Why do you have Back to School poems up in March? I love fixing up my room. I don't even mind putting up the background paper. As long as I can stop there. Once I finally do get something lined up and stapled, it generally stays there until June! This may nudge me to change things up more often. Thanks for a great Bright Idea that is certainly needed in my room!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  7. Great idea! Adds color, less work! I love Go Noodle!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  8. Last year I had used clothespins with a push pin hot glued to the back to display student work, but they were constantly falling down. I was looking for something new to do and I found it! Thanks for such a great idea.

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  9. This is great for so many reasons. I love how simple it is to change student work and the color the dividers add! Thanks for sharing!

    My Bright Blue House


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