At one of the first schools I taught at I was inspired greatly by the elementary secretary. Each quarter she designed a bulletin board that featured the names of every student in the elementary building. I loved her creativity and I loved that she worked to make every student feel special. Students would search for their names, the names of their friends and brothers and sisters. It was truly a way to multiply joy in the building.
This colorful bulletin board is my attempt to do the very same thing. Although that creative secretary worked with about 100 names, I took on around 450 students plus teachers and staff. I used the message "Music inspires our minds to bloom." This incorporates Nafme's "Music Inspires" theme and speaks to our outrageously warm March. It feels like spring around here!
The tree is created with hundreds of small paper flowers. I created the trunk to look like a person, inspired by the Nafme promo image. I made time during each class period to talk about Music In Our Schools Month and to lead a discussion about the power of music in our lives. Students them wrote their names on a flower and I put them up as time allowed.
I used the Fiskars 3 inch Punch Pretty Scallop paper punch to make all of the flowers. This would be fun to do with a music note punch too!
You could take this same idea and have students write not only their name, but something that music inspires them to do. Run faster, dream bigger, dance, laugh.....I bet the answers would truly be inspiring!
Students and staff have enjoyed finding their names and this display is a huge explosion of color in the hall. I love that!
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