After you've tackled your back to school to-do list it's time to get creative! Teachers are always creating awesome bulletin boards but as school counselors it is something we often underutilize and overlook. Bulletin boards are a great way to engage students and to help them feel at ease in the counseling office. At one of my school's I only have one bulletin board inside my office so it is only seen by the kiddos who come to see me. I keep it consistent throughout the year and incorporate the school's mascot.
At my other school I didn't have a bulletin board but my principal suggested I hang one up in the hallway outside my office. Don't be afraid to ask your custodian if there are any extras lying around. You'd be surprised at what you may find! This bulletin board is my favorite and I change it often since it is a daily focal point of all 600+ students. I use it to spread awareness on seasonal topics (Bullying Prevention Month, Red Ribbon Week, etc.) and to showcase what we are doing in counseling. This way students are reminded of my role and feel welcome to stop by my office. I try to change this bulletin board every few months.
Try creating a Self-Regulation Station. In my current office, I decided to create a functional bulletin board where students use a clothespin to show which zone they are in! They write their names on the back so it is anonymous. Download the bulletin board decor kit here.
Don't have a bulletin board? Make your own! I used butcher paper and a bulletin board border (you can find these at most school/office supply stores) to create one. Pros: It can be any shape and size. Cons: It doesn't have a cork backing so you can't pin or staple, but you can use tape!
What are some of your favorite bulletin board ideas?