I am as lovely as a dream in stone,
And this my heart where each finds death in turn,
Inspires the poet with a love as lone
As clay eternal and as taciturn.
Swan-white of heart, a sphinx no mortal knows,
My throne is in the heaven’s azure deep;
I hate all movements that disturb my pose,
I smile not ever, neither do I weep.
Before my monumental attitudes,
That breathe a soul into the plastic arts,
My poets pray in austere studious moods,
For I, to fold enchantment round their hearts,
Have pools of light where beauty flames and dies,
The placid mirrors of my luminous eyes.
– Charles Baudelaire
Sometimes I just sit and wonder about the way the world would look without beauty or ugliness whatsoever. The thought is crazy indeed but it does depress the hell outta me especially when I wonder the boredom and gloom one would encounter without the only thing that the world is seemingly obsessed with. I did like to believe that everyone is an aesthete.
Trailing in line with these thoughts I get a bit annoyed when I see badly maintained notice-boards in the classrooms. Isn’t a notice-board the main display of a classroom? I will call it a beautiful time-table to help teachers keep a tab on where the class stands when it comes to the lessons taught.
I have noticed many a classes since my childhood where the notice-boards or the bulletin- boards have been left neglected and poorly maintained with minimal pictures and charts. Many teachers apparently fail to recognize the gem of a teaching aid that a notice board can be and especially when one has to arouse the creative side of a child.
◘ How can a bulletin board help?
1. Most importantly, it can beautify a class immediately changing it from a dull place to a fun place.
2. It is a platform to utilize space to help students learn more with the help of creativity.
For eg : Language teachers can urge students to give their own write-ups
3. Teachers can themselves keep tabs on the lessons they teach by posting pictures of extra information on the respective topics, classification of the topics they are teaching, etc The picture below shows the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. I used a video on this to teach my students a poem on ‘The Caterpillar’. If a video is not available, using the notice board serves as an excellent teaching aid.
4. Notice boards can also be used as an aid for core values.
◘ Ways to maintain a notice board :-
A notice board should always be neat and organized. A clumsy notice board is an eye sore for the viewer. An attractive notice board wins the attention of the students and automatically encourages them to actively participate in preparing the notice board whenever they get a chance which means that they would be attentive in the class and always go an extra mile to collect information to make the notice board look attractive. A minute glimpse of constructivist learning!
Here are a few points I comply with –
- Take advantage of all the bulletin board space in the classroom. You would be surprised as to how many ways bulletin boards can be used as real space-savers.
- When constructing a bulletin board, ask yourself if the students will be interested in it. Strive to create a bulletin board that sparks student interest.
- Bulletin boards may be used to aid in instruction. See what materials you will need for a unit of study and decide how a bulletin board may be used for that unit.
- Bulletin boards are a good place to post reminders or frequently used concepts such as rules, steps for beginning a lesson, or a schedule of activities.
- Consider titles for bulletin boards that explain the theme or purpose of the display. Make sure these attract attention.
- From the artistic point of view, think of colors that harmonize and balance one another. Think of a variety of materials that could be used to enhance the bulletin boards (crepe paper, construction paper, bright colored markers, cloth, etc.). There are many commercially prepared materials available for teachers, but try not to rely too heavily on these materials.
- Use illustrations that are current, relevant, and interesting to the students. Be careful of using too many illustrations as this will make the board look cluttered.
- After all the work of putting together a bulletin board, make sure all students can see the bulletin board. Sometimes bulletin boards can become covered up by other furniture, etc. in the classroom.
- Consider having children help create the bulletin board with supervision from the paraeducator or the teacher. The purpose of this, as with all bulletin boards, is to make it meaningful for the students!
- When taking down the bulletin board, store the materials in a safe box or bin too reuse if possible.
- An eHow page on the types of notice boards one can have in a classroom suggests excellent ideas on maintaining a notice board.
◘ Some interesting noticeboards –
This page shows excellent notice boards.
Keeping the bulletin board updated regularly is something a teacher should always strive to do.