Welcome! This month’s Bright Idea is so super simple – how do I hang things in my classroom?
The first trick I learned from my pal Corinna at Surfin Through Second – Magnets! This is the first classroom I’ve had where the whiteboard is magnetic. Corinna suggested getting little, thin magnets and taping them to the back corners of whatever you want to permanently hang on your whiteboard.
This option is perfect for me because we have louver windows that when open allow the wind to come rushing through the room, blowing papers off desks and walls. My posters with these strong little magnets stuck to the back don’t go anywhere! You can find these kind of magnets at Home Depot or craft stores.
Now what about things that go on walls, cabinets, or other non-magnetic surfaces? Painter’s tape! This isn’t a new idea by any means, but the way I organize it might be a new idea for you – Tape Pillows on a whiteboard!
Before I start taping things to the walls, windows, cabinets, or doors, I make a bunch of little tape pillows and put them on a student whiteboard. This makes the arranging so easy. It’s really quick for doing activities with the kids, too. Sometimes we make labels for an anchor chart or we add words to our word wall. It’s so nice to have these little tape pillows ready to go so we don’t waste any time.
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