PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Encouragement

Category: Sportsmanship

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials: Letters, stapler, paper and pencils for student use


This board focuses on the SPARK social skill of encouragement. The purpose of the board is to help students feel invested in and excited about "Encouragement", but to also check their understanding of what "encouragement" means. This board serves as a visual reminder that I am looking for and listening for encouragement during class.

The board was created gradually with help from my 3-5 students. I initially just put up the word encouragement and the “what does it sound like” and “what does it look like” signs. With my students we then discussed what encouragement was and what it may sound like or look like to encourage another person. I wrote their suggestions on a white board. I had also created my own examples for my classes that had a little more difficult grasping the concept. Mine were: "Keep trying", "You can do it", "Don’t give up", "Great job", "high five", "thumbs up", and "cheering". Most classes came up with these ones on their own, but 3rd grade in particular frequently had a harder time.

After we discussed what encouragement looked and sounded like I had the students think about a time when they were encouraged or they encouraged someone else, it could be an example from anywhere not just P.E. I gave each a half sheet of paper and asked them to put their thoughts down on paper. To ensure that all of my students could be successful I let them choose to write, draw, or do a combination of the two. Later I picked a few of the best examples from each class and stapled them to the bulletin board.

Classes where a majority of their creations were far off base I knew I had to review encouragement again more clearly the next time that I saw them and could let them view the completed board to help increase understanding. Once the board is completed you can then reference it during your classes and it is a visual reminder to the students that you are going to be looking and listening for encouragement during class.

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Submitted by Diana Klein who teaches at Montclaire Elementary in Charlotte, NC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/27/2012 11:39:15 PM. Viewed 6903 times since 9/26/2012.

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