Magnetic bulletin board update

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In August I was a pinterest fool searching for new ways to set up and decorate my classroom. Everything was fresh and new. Fast forward to the middle of the school year.....I look around my classroom and realize that some of the ideas were fantastic, but not always realistic for the special education classroom. 

I was THRILLED with my magnetic bulletin board in August. By the time March rolled around it was looking messy and old. Here is a picture of how it looked when I put it together:

By March you could see foot prints where students had kicked it, the border was no longer white in spots and hung crooked no matter how many times I fixed it. 
My fix...I took everything down, laminated border and hung it back up by Velcro

Then I used Brittany Lynch's sight word practice idea (click here to see her idea) and made this bulletin board to practice sight words, numbers and verbal directions. 

You can't see it very well in this picture, but each hand has a different sight word or number on it. We use this bulletin board when we are lining up in the classroom. I call students one by one to line up and give them a one to two step verbal direction to follow. For example, for a student working on colors I might say, "Ben touch yellow then white." For a student working on sight words I might say, "Sammy read all of the words on the yellow hands and then line up." or "Matt touch the words have and said before lining up." This board display makes it very easy to differentiate while using the same materials. 

Materials I used for my magnetic bulletin board:

How have your classroom decor and organization ideas held up over the school year? 


  1. Great ideas! I love the examples you gave of how you differentiate your questions using the same materials. LOVE IT!
    Breezy Special Ed

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