In the last ten years, I have taught at two schools that have very different viewpoints on bulletin boards.
When I first began teaching at School A, we had metal stripes to hang student work in the hallways. Some hallways had the strips with cork for push pins. Other hallways had tackless metal paper holders. Both were great when teachers wanted to quickly put up displays. THEN, one year a new fire marshall came to inspect the school. The school was written up for having hallway displays that were a fire hazard. [If one paper caught fire, the fire had a track to run along throughout all the hallways in the school.] At this point, bulletin boards were purchased for the hallways. Teachers were counted. This included specialty teachers such as art, music, P.E., librarian as well as all special ed teachers. A board was purchased for each three teachers.
Guidelines for these bulletin boards included the following:
School B encourages teachers to build all types of hallway displays to show off student work. Tables are set up in the hallway to display dioramas, decorated pumpkins at Halloween, and so on. Competitions are held to see which classroom can decorate their doors the best. One fall, teachers were asked to decorate their doors based on their favorite college football team. Two creative teachers decided this was a great opportunity to have a little fun with the 'guy' teacher in their grade level that was a HUGE football fan. The teachers stayed late and spent a lot of time creating a fantastic door display for the 'guy' teacher's favorite team's biggest rivalry. We all had a good laugh when he arrived at school the next morning and saw his door.Continue Reading