Friday, November 14, 2014

Freebie Friday! Proud Wall Banner

In the past month, I have implemented a few things in my classroom to try to make it a positive, student-centered, and affirming place.
I hope that my students always remember how to fix a run-on sentence, but more than anything I want them to remember 7th grade ELA as I place where they knew they mattered and had confidence in themselves.

The freebie I am sharing today is the sign for the Proud Wall in my classroom. This bulletin board has three "sections".

1) Exemplary work (hung up by clothespins) - this rotates and displays work for each of my classes. When students see their work on the board, they get that little trying-hard-to-be-cool-and-not-smile smile on their faces and I know they are proud of themselves.

*these clothespins were SO easy to make.
1) I just cut a strip of washi tape in half (the tape I bought worked out perfectly to be cut in half lengthwise)
2) I placed it sticky-side down (just like regular tape) the clothespin. If the top/bottom edge hung over a little but I just tucked it under.
3) Then, I hot-glued a pushpin to the back.

2) Affirmations - I will talk more about these in detail another time :) these affirmations are the ones either written to an entire hour or ones that students have chosen to put up.

3) Miscellaneous - awesome student work (aka a song called "All About That Plot" written to the tune of "All About That Bass"), an award from our custodian for a clean classroom, a "Happy Llama Day" card made in my creative writing class, etc. I know this will grow throughout the year.

Here is the link to the chevron "Proud Wall" banner. There is neon and a black and white version. Download for free on TpT! I simply cut out, laminated, and posted on the bulletin board with push pins. If you have space in your classroom and want to try something like this, I would love for you to download the banner!

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  1. What a wonderful way to encourage your students- LOVE it! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your great idea.
    LMN Tree

  3. Great ideas to encourage and focus on the positive. Looking forward to your affirmations post. And I love the washi tape on the clips - so simple and a big difference!

    1. Thanks, Leslie! I was so happy with how they turned out :)

  4. I found your blog through Freebie Friday. You have some great ideas that I can adapt for my fourth graders.
    Artistry of Education

    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Mary! I have found that with a lot of blogs, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thank you for linking up at TBA, you're my Featured Blogger tomorrow!
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  6. Thanks for some great ideas to promote middle schoolers! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle