If there's one thing I love in all the classrooms I see on Instagram and Pinterest, it's the beautifully arranged bulletin boards with amazing color, lettering, images, and borders...
But do we truly have time for all of that?
Do NOT get me wrong, I view those bulletin boards like a piece of art, and wish I had the talent and patience to make mine look as good!
But the reality is, I'm so involved in paperwork, planning, therapy, committee duties at my school, trainings, collaboration, behavior management, paperwork (did I say that already?), that I just don't have extra time to commit to my 4 bulletin boards (regardless of loving them dearly).
That being said, I found some really awesome quick ideas for my boards that actually incorporate THERAPY! That's a two for one deal right there!
First, I started with my Reach for Great Speech and Language bulletin board:
Once you follow the steps above, simply download the QR code and insert it into the file your students have typed up! It will download as a png file, so you can insert it into Powerpoint, Word, etc, just like you would a regular image/picture from online.
When it's time for students to read the riddles to each other, they can use a QR Code Reader (found on the app store) to scan the QR Code, and *poof* their answer is revealed!!
I had these bulletin boards ready to go by open house, so that students would bring parents into my speech room, introduce me/them, read the speech goals we had worked on from the first bulletin board, and then show them the QR code riddles to try to have parents guess the answer...
If my students showed me that they were using their goal with their parents (such as using the /r/ sound or using really awesome sentence structure) they earned an extra speech buck into their speech bank! (this is for a later post on my behavior management bulletin board using speech bucks!) This showed the students taking ownership for their speech goals, and also allowed the parents to see what we are truly targeting during our speech sessions, in hopes to lead to some extra carryover.
My students were THRILLED. And when else can you get parents into the speech room on open house night?! I don't know about you, but I'm generally forgotten.
It was such a huge hit, my students began asking for it each year!
I'd love to know what you think! Leave a comment below.