Friday, August 19, 2011

Paper Banner - my classroom makeover

I have a whiteboard in my classroom. There is a strip of cork that runs along the top of it. In the past I have tried putting border around it. There is no real reason to do so other than to give it a finished look.

I like things to look finished.

After some trial and error with double-sided tape, sticky-tac, and hot glue, I finally settled on magnets. It worked.

Sort of.

The borders shifted around and when students would clean the board for me, the border would get wet. I waved the proverbial white flag and gave up.

But, I was making a banner for the twins' room and realized that might be an option for the whiteboard.

And ooh-la-la I love the result.

I never wrote on the top 1/4 of the board.

And I never used the cork strip. Whenever I hang anything on the board I use magnets.

So I covered the strip with coordinating paper. Then armed with some twine, a hole punch, and a cutting board, I created a banner to hang at the top.

I cut rectangles from scraps of paper in a size that worked for my space.

Next I found the center at the bottom of the paper and cut a diagonal line from that point to the upper corner.

Using the hole punch, I made 4 holes (2 close together).

I threaded the twine through each and hung it on the corkboard.

Total time: About 30 minutes.

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  1. This is very cute. It would also be fun to add post-it notes once in a while to see if kids notice. Something like..."Is your desk tidy?" I like to leave small, subliminal notes once in awhile because charts and posters become like wallpaper, you don't notice after awhile.
    The Write Handed Teacher

  2. I love your banner! It's really fabulous to look at. I saw a teacher at my school who has used her bulletin board color and coordinated large 12x12 sheets of scrapbook paper to create a type of 'great work' board. I love how the scrapbook paper looks!

  3. Very cute and what a good idea. They moved me into a new room where the white boards are so high off the floor, I can't use the top fourth either. This would be a great way to brighten up the board and I wouldn't have to worry about it getting messed up since I can't reach it. :)

  4. I'm all over this one!! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas and your willingness to share them!
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher


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