Teaching practice gives those training to become nursery school teachers an opportunity to have a real-life classroom experience.
The layout and general design that a nursery school teacher chooses for their class bulletin boards has a profound impact on the effectiveness of this learning aid. This article provides three tips in relation to the use of class bulletin boards. These tips would be useful to a trainee teacher-on-practice looking to impress their supervisors during their assessment.
Stay Away From Patterned Fabric
Patterned fabric is often preferred for use on class bulletin boards because it improves aesthetics around the classroom.
However, the (often intricate) patterns on such fabric may have a distractive effect on the young learners. Nursery school kids can easily get carried away in the interesting patterns on the fabric, thereby losing focus on the message being conveyed on a bulletin board.
Once the attention of students is constantly drawn towards less-important aspects of a class bulletin board, questions about the effectiveness of using bulletin boards as a learning aid arise.
Patterned fabric would be more ideal for use in upper classes where learners have a longer attention span.
Stay Away From Paper
It is common for class bulletin boards to be covered using paper. Advantages of using paper on these boards include the increased visibility of diagrams and related content placed on the board.
However, nursery school teachers should strive to avoid having paper-covered bulletin boards. This is because using paper to cover a bulletin board is often considered a fire hazard. Thus, a paper-covered bulletin board may send a wrong message to an assessment supervisor with regards to the teacher's attitude towards the classroom safety of his or her students.
Paper is also not recommended for use on class bulletin boards because it tends to fade with time. Instead of using paper, nursery school teachers can have the bulletin board covered in paint.
Teachers who find it necessary to have bulletin boards covered in paper should ensure that the safety regulations spelt out by the fire department in their jurisdiction of practice.
Make Bulletin Boards Easily Accessible
The ease with which young learners can access a bulletin board can encourage or it can limit a young learner's involvement in class activities that involve the use of these boards.
Ideally, class bulletin boards should be installed at eye-level so that learners can see and follow class proceedings on the bulletin board more comfortably.