Much to my surprise the Most Popular Posts on my blog for 2011 all centered around bulletin boards! I like this, because we spend a lot of time at my school on bulletin boards. We gave up the "fluff and stuff" boards years ago to move to boards that are a "window into the instruction in the classroom." They are teaching boards. They are learning boards. They have common elements, such as posting the standards, student work with commentary, and a description of the lesson or the lessons leading up to the artifacts. The best bulletin boards are those that are taken from a naturally occurring lesson. A special lesson should never be taught just to get a bulletin board, but the bulletin board should be a natural lesson plucked out of the sequence to highlight the learning. It doesn't have to be a final lesson or project with a completely finished piece of work. It can be a lesson anywhere in the progression and the work can be at the beginning, anywhere in the middle, or at the end. I think the reason that I so often write about bulletin boards is because they chronicle the student work. Take a look back at these posts from 2011.
A Board Walk, February 2, 2011
Bulletin Boards: Are They Worth It? August 8, 2011
First of the Year Bulletin Boards September 21, 2011
Pattern Book Bulletin Boards December 6, 2011
And so we end 2011 with a look back -reflection - and welcome the new year! We've been waiting for you 2012.