Tricks of the Trade

I am a day late for this linky party but I took some pictures today and wanted to share a few of my tricks so I am linking up with Joy in the Journey and Compassionate Teacher for their new linky.

I know that it says "Bulletin Board Creation" but I am kind of, sort of doing a "bulletin board substitution".

In my class I have one set of whiteboards:

and one set of blackboards:

I use my blackboards like bulletin boards - only I don't cover them with nice paper or plastic or anything - I leave them black. I add borders to separate the areas.

I also use these markers to write on my boards. It washes off with just a little water and allows me to make anchor charts or add information and write on the board without the messy chalk look or the accidental erasing of the information.

In addition to the anchor charts I make with my class I add posters that I make of information or strategies I want them to have. I do not have my own laminator and our school does not have a laminator - so guess what, I do not do a lot of laminating. To keep my pretty posters from year to year I use this handy dandy taping trick.

Put one piece of tape across the back of the page, add pieces of rolled up tape onto the strip of tape and place it on the board! When you take the page down you do not rip the paper or peel any of the page off. I know this is a super easy trick but I thought some people may not know it and when you are in a pinch and need to post something that isn't laminated this is a great solution.

I use it for my book theme signs too.

That's it, those are my tricks of the trade for "sort of" bulletin boards. Be sure to link up your ideas.


  1. Wow - what a creative use of your blackboards. And I am ALL about those chalkboard markers - those are too cute!

    I love your taping idea - that is such a genius idea to keep your paper from ripping. I am pinning that! :)

    Thanks for linking up!
    Joy in the Journey

  2. Wow! No laminator? Great idea about using the tape to keep from ripping the paper. Simple, but perfect. I really like how you use chalk markers to make anchor charts on your chalkboards. Much more environmentally friendly!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. I love your white board picture. It makes your whiteboard look super long. Is it super long?

    Blackboards. Hm. I had one when I first started teaching. Chalk is the bane of my existence. Yuck. Hated it. Now there are those nifty marker things but when I think of blackboards I get that icky feeling of fingernails down the chalkboard. And having the kids clap out the erasers. Ugh. What a mess. I feel for you.

    HOWEVER, I love that you use your blackboards as bulletin boards. I think we are soul mates because if I had a black board, I would totally do that. Is yours magnetic?

    Our Fire Marshall only allows a certain percentage of paper, so I totally appreciate the non-use of paper. We have to get crafty. I love your boards and your tape trick is new to me. :O)

    Have a great weekend my f to the friend.
    Collaboration Cuties

  4. Thanks so much for linking up! Those markers look awesome! I am thankful not to have chalkboards cause I can't stand chalk; however, I almost want one so I can use those markers! Also, the taping trick is a really good idea. I don't think I would have thought of that!

    Have a great weekend!

    Compassionate Teacher


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