It is March so kites seemed like an appropriate vehicle to carry the ways to handle bullying: recognize; refuse; report; record; and receive.
The kites were made from craft sticks and tissue paper, the ties on the tails are tissue paper, and the kites are attached with thin wire. For the tails to be 3D our creative parent volunteer who constructed this board covered wire with rafia. The clouds are just puffs of white tissue paper and the red birds are just construction paper cut outs.
This bulletin board features the cut outs of the hands of students in grades K-5 that are in groups with the counselors. It is great to display kid work but I did not want their names on them since they were done in the counseling office. We are promoting kindness this month so we read a book about kindness and then had each student say something kind they do and draw it on the palm of their hand. I let them know it is going to be displayed in the hall (which they all like). My favorite book is "Each Kindness" by J. Woodson, a powerful book about how each small act of kindness makes the world a better place. It works for grades 2-5. For my K-1 students I read "Kindness to Share from A to Z" by T. Snow. Another book for grades 1-2 is "Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler" by M. Cuyler. I used red paper and a red heart border for the background and pink letters for the theme. I offered students the option to make a pink or white hand then arranged them in alternating rows around a bright red sparkling heart in the center. Students stop several times a day to find where their hand is and admire the acts of kindness.
Bright Ideas for 2013
We're All Unique
College and Career Awareness
Reuse the Background
After a month I took down the famous graduates and simply displayed some of our growing collection of banners. We try to highlight a lot of schools in our state. Two parents stopped to tell me which of the school's featured they attended because it is where their relationship started. They then looked at every picture in the background to see which were from their school.
I had covered this background up for two months but left it up to reuse one more time. I want students to understand there are options besides college after high school. I did a straight "path" showing our Elementary school (first block at bottom), Middle school, and High School. Then I left a space and gave the four choices for postsecondary education: community college, vocational school, military (I showed symbols for 5 services but it would have been nice to include the Guard too), and college. I put the header off center so I could add a step for advanced studies. I refer to the board in my career lessons in grades 2-5. I think the board conveys the message K-16 (it would be PreK to 16 but our school does not have any preschool).
Connecting the Pieces of Good Character
Mirror Mirror...Who's New
This is actually 2 large bulletin boards in our front hall. We have framed our new students and staff to help people get to know their names and faces. The staff are 3-D. We covered small dessert paper plates with aluminum foil and then added the printed silver frame. This bulletin board is a team effort. One of our office assistants takes the staff pictures and the pupil services staff take the pictures of all our new staff at our Welcome Receptions. We actually have one more today so we will be adding more. Our school psychologist printed and put together the beautiful sign in the middle. Thanks pupil services team!
Counseling Helps Students Grow!
Education Now = Good Jobs Later
5th Grade Promotion
This great bulletin board was done by several parent volunteers! Each leaf has a baby picture on the outside, the inside flap is a sentence the child wrote about "When I grow up...", and the bottom part a picture taken in grade 5. What a nice send off and very engaging!
Bust It! Myths about Mental Health
Pleasant and Unpleasant Feelings
Picture the Possibilities
This bulletin board featured the presenters from our career fair, unfortunately we did not get a good picture of everyone. We tried to get 4 presenters from each of the 6 career paths. Our theme expresses our belief that we don't want children to pick one occupation but rather explore many options. Our students took notes about 2 occupations and to cement learning wrote a paragraph about what they learned at the Career Fair.
We use the 6 career paths based on the Missouri Career Education materials (which are excellent). The green road signs (which should have been larger) are the names of the 6 paths. This bulletin board showed career vehicles that would match each path. For example, for the Health path there is an ambulance and animal control van. For the Fixing & Building path are a variety of construction vehicles. Don't be afraid to go beyond the border of your bulletin board, it actually adds visual interest to go out side the box!
Introduce Staff and Roles
This is the bulletin board we did this year to explain "Whoo" a student can talk to about various topics. At the bottom of the tree are two owls with the names of the two school counselors. Creating the tree with texture is easy just using the paper rolls of bulletin board paper wrinkled up and stapled into place. The owls were cut out of foam sheets and decorated with sharpie and feathers. I borrowed the idea for this display from another counselor but unfortunately I did not write down her name or school. This year Staples has lots of owl accessories that could be used for a quicker version of this board.
This bright board was created by our school psychologist and school social worker to introduce the pupil services staff and explain what each person does at school. The pockets have brochures that describe our roles, the school counseling program, and our Intervention Assistance Team on which we all serve.
This is the description of the lesson I post next to the bulletin board:
Grade 4, Lesson 1
School Counseling Program
Theme: The organizing theme for grade four is “Getting along now and tomorrow”
Essential Question: How and why should we celebrate diversity?
VA Standard: Understand that Americans are one people of many diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and national origins who are united as Americans by common customs and traditions.
- Preview activity Write 5 “I am…” statements
- Shoulder share statements with partner
- Pairs tell class what they had in common
- PowerPoint “Celebrate Diversity”
- Make hand representing individual student background and strengths
- Share on common bulletin board
Assessment: Teacher observation; each student creates a hand identifying their own ethnic and cultural diversity
Note: Students get to select the color paper to use for their hand. They put their name in the center and decorate each finger and palm with pictures that illustrate their background and strengths.