Thanks to the tips and ideas from fellow counselors on various blogs and Pinterest I had the courage to create a bulletin board. My inspiration was from a bulletin board I saw on Pinterest. Here's my finished product:
|Counselor bulletin board|
-I typed the list of reasons to see the counselor in Word and printed them on Avery clear address labels. To download the label template click here.
-I used my school dye cutter to cut out pictures of leaves using construction paper and to spell out "whoo can help you with..." letters. I like to laminate the construction paper before using the dye cutter (just easier for the shapes/letters to already be cut and laminated that way, but do what works for you).
|Dye cutter blocks (I used a maple leaf)|
|Leaves, cut and labeled. There are some blank ones too|
I had some of my crafty students draw a tree from brown butcher paper from my school. Another crafty student drew the cute little owl in the tree. I liked the idea of students having a little input in the bulletin board because it shows a them a little ownership in the project (plus students are ALWAYS willing to help).
|Student created tree & owl|
|Picture of myself & counselor intern Dhruti|
The trick to getting things to stick on (without falling off) concrete cinder blocks is...a hot glue gun! It's also easy to peel off and doesn't damage the walls. Thanks to some teacher friends that let me in on this little secret.
|See how easy the glue peels off|
I'm pleased with my bulletin board attempt and think that it's a great way for students, staff and parents to know what we do and that we are here to help! I don't feel as intimidated about the whole bulletin board process, so I plan to try more in the future. What cool or neat bulletin board ideas have you done or plan to do?