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“Always do your personal best”
3 Aug, 2013. 13 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Back to School, First Grade, Kindergarten, Preschool. Posted By: Kristen Smith

I, like most of you, have been trying to get my classroom set up for another new school year. I am so close to being finished. I only have a few finishing touches to put on it! I created a “mock” bulletin board up against my back wall. To do this, I bought some black fadeless paper, scrap book paper, clothespins, washi tape, and two different borders.

I then stapled the paper to the wall and hung up the border just like I would if it was a regular bulletin board.

I kinda love it. 😉
Right now I have “inspirational posters” and rules hanging on the clips. I will use these as we are going over our classroom expectations during the first few days of school. {As the year goes on I will hang student work on these clips.}
Well, the other day, a parent stopped by my classroom to say hi and to look at the progress in my room and read this poster: “always do your personal best.”
 She started crying because this poster really struck a chord with her. You see, her son has a learning disability and she was so moved to see this in her son’s new classroom. She thanked me profusely for being a teacher who cares about her students and for encouraging them to do “their personal best.” 
I was so encouraged by her words that I have to pass this story on to you and leave you with some encouraging words.
 While you are setting up your classrooms and getting ready for your new students,  know that you are doing more than just making it look “pretty.” You are preparing a place where learning will happen. You are preparing a place where community will grow. You are preparing a place where you will pour everything into your students and rarely get thanked. 
Know that your efforts are not in vain and that people notice. Know that you are changing lives and molding our future. Know that your job is important and has value. 
Be encouraged at the start of this new year. I might not know you personally, but I am cheering for you! {{Especially you new teachers! }} Don’t be afraid to ask questions, make mistakes, take chances and have fun. Teaching, in my opinion, is the best profession in the world and I’m glad that we are in this together! 
{These posters were created by Lyndsey from a year of many “firsts.” You can purchase them at her store. Click here to get taken directly there!}

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13 Comments
  1. I love that you used scrapbook paper for the background. I hot glued some thumb tacks to clothes pins I put washi tape on, but they popped off easily yesterday when I put them up. I am thinking of raiding my scrapbook bins and use the 12×12 paper and have the clothes pins on top. Stellar idea!

  2. Fantastic my friend!

  3. That’s so sweet and so true. I always try to remind myself, especially during those more frustrating moments, that each child is somebody’s baby, somebody’s WORLD – just like my own two boys are to me. So move forward with patience, kindness, and encourage each one to be the best me that they can be.

    Thanks for the reminder!!!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. Jess -

    I love your inspirational posters and bulletin board! Do you have your posters in your store…I couldn’t find them? I just love them and feel they would be awesome to hang in the room or hallway! They are easy enough for first graders to read and understand. Not to mention they are wonderful reminders for adults as well!
    Thanks!

    Rambling About Reading

  5. I would love to hang these in my classroom too! you did an amazing job!! are they in your store?

  6. What a sweet post. I loved your board with the clips.

  7. I love these inspirational posters! It looks so great. What a cool way to display:)
    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  8. I’d love to know where you got your inspirational posters! So adorable!

  9. Liz -

    Very nice!

  10. Liz -

    Very nice!

  11. Thanks for the reminders of why we spend so much time creating a learning environment that meets the needs of all students! I’m heading into my classroom this morning to make some more headway and I’ll carry your words with me! :) Love your posters too!
    Jenn

    A Pirates Life for Us

  12. Kate -

    Hi Kristen! I found your blog through Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits and am so glad I found you! Loved the motivation in this post. Your new “bulletin board” is too cute! Great thinking to use the clothespins on scrapbook paper! I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

  13. Definitely wishing I had the extra room to do something like this…just for a little positive spark! Oh, and thanks for your inspiring words as well!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

13 Comments

  • I love that you used scrapbook paper for the background. I hot glued some thumb tacks to clothes pins I put washi tape on, but they popped off easily yesterday when I put them up. I am thinking of raiding my scrapbook bins and use the 12×12 paper and have the clothes pins on top. Stellar idea!

  • Fantastic my friend!

  • That’s so sweet and so true. I always try to remind myself, especially during those more frustrating moments, that each child is somebody’s baby, somebody’s WORLD – just like my own two boys are to me. So move forward with patience, kindness, and encourage each one to be the best me that they can be.

    Thanks for the reminder!!!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  • Jess -

    I love your inspirational posters and bulletin board! Do you have your posters in your store…I couldn’t find them? I just love them and feel they would be awesome to hang in the room or hallway! They are easy enough for first graders to read and understand. Not to mention they are wonderful reminders for adults as well!
    Thanks!

    Rambling About Reading

  • I would love to hang these in my classroom too! you did an amazing job!! are they in your store?

  • What a sweet post. I loved your board with the clips.

  • I love these inspirational posters! It looks so great. What a cool way to display:)
    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  • I’d love to know where you got your inspirational posters! So adorable!

  • Liz -

    Very nice!

  • Liz -

    Very nice!

  • Thanks for the reminders of why we spend so much time creating a learning environment that meets the needs of all students! I’m heading into my classroom this morning to make some more headway and I’ll carry your words with me! :) Love your posters too!
    Jenn

    A Pirates Life for Us

  • Kate -

    Hi Kristen! I found your blog through Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits and am so glad I found you! Loved the motivation in this post. Your new “bulletin board” is too cute! Great thinking to use the clothespins on scrapbook paper! I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

  • Definitely wishing I had the extra room to do something like this…just for a little positive spark! Oh, and thanks for your inspiring words as well!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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