Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Save Time with Once-and-Done Student Work Displays

Hi, Teaching Friends!

"Once-and-done" ... has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? So many things in the classroom seem to leave dangling threads of "undone-ness".  Student work displays and bulletin boards are so often like this. Seriously, I know how often the halls would be quiet long after school was finished for the day, except for the hammering of a lone stapler arranging (and often rearranging) a bulletin board display. {ummm, that was probably me and my stapler you were hearing...}

Well, lots of clever teachers are sharing their ideas for getting around that time-wasting problem by creating once-and-done displays! Here are some of my favorites, straight from Pinterest.

1.  You don't have to wait until the first masterpieces are ready to display. Take your cue from Teaching in High Heels and get your display area ready before your students even arrive. The bright colors and black borders will really make the "Amazing Work" pop! How will it look with your own classroom theme colors?

2.    I love, love, LOVE this display idea from A Dab of Glue Will Do. Having their pictures on the display will go a long way toward encouraging your students' pride in doing their best work. Plus, it's just so darn CUTE!

3.     From Prayers and Purple Elephants, here's a simple idea that will be great at any grade level.  Yardsticks, gorilla glue, and clothespins!

4.   Upper Grades are Awesome uses plastic page dividers to create a display that students can add to on their own, which is especially nice if you're nervous about having thumbtacks in the hands of your little learners. BONUS: Have students put each new page in front, leaving the others in for an instant portfolio. Boom! You've saved a few more precious minutes!

5.  Talk about saving time! If you make student memory books, you'll love this idea from Easy Teaching Tools. Follow her steps and train your students to post their own work, which will be organized and easy to make into an end-of-year memento. Brilliant!

There's no doubt about it - students love to see their work displayed!  Devote a special place on your classroom walls, and you'll start to see even more work that they (and you!) will be proud of!

Happy Teaching!


  1. What super ideas--and real help for teachers!

    1. Thanks, Meredith! I hope they'll save you some time. Have a great school year!


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