Thousands of students across the country dream about becoming a teacher every day. As they grow up, they come to realize the daily challenges in the lives of high school teachers and their goals change. The ones that do go on to achieve their dreams often experience a rude awakening. Modern technology has made teaching a little easier than it used to be. Ready-to-print templates, customizable media boards, flexible presentation options and smart classrooms have made teaching and learning more rewarding than it ever was.
Earlier it used to take weeks and the work of a whole classroom to set up a bulletin board for the class. Now, thanks to the internet, free download, printable templates and user-friendly digital printing options, it only takes a couple of hours. The teacher no longer has to wait for assistance from their students. The students no longer have to spend endless extra hours making origami, cut-outs, and letters for their classroom boards.
Step 1: Gather the resources.
In fact, here’s a concise list of everything you need to create a brand new bulletin board today –
- A personal computer (even a tablet will do).
- A printer that has a direct connection with the PC or tablet.
- Craft supplies – glue, scissors, and paper.
- A laminator (this can be optional).
- Good font options (look for free bulletin board fonts from reliable sites)
Step 2: Bulletin board letters can vary in size, shape, and color. The font you pick will affect the visibility of the message. You can go with Sans Serif fonts for higher classes, and Comic or cartoon inspired fonts for lower grades. 400 is a standard large size for the bulletin board fonts. However, you can go a couple of sizes higher or lower depending on the space you have and the kind of effect you want.
Step 3: Download the font, write your message and print the letters on good quality paper. Next, cut the letters out leaving a thin white border around them. Gluing your letters to a harder (construction) paper will make them more durable. They will last more than one academic year.
Step 4: Before you cut the letters out of the construction paper, laminate them. Laminating will make them weatherproof. No amount of moisture, dirty hands and sunlight will be able to fade them over time.
Step 5: Start by cutting wider sections around the letters. For more precise cutting, some DIY experts use razor blades. However, you can stick to your trusty pair of sharp scissors for cutting them smoothly. Leaving a thin colored border around them will make them appear vibrant.
This process is ideal for all grades. If your children are old enough to use scissors safely, you can give this as a classroom project during a slow period. You can use these colorful and vibrant letters to declare special events, post important notices, announce upcoming celebrations or create abstract letter art around the classroom to make it a happier place for everyone.