Hello all! I am starting a new teaching position at a new school and the classroom has all cinder block walls. I am coming from the luxury of a newer building where all the walls we could staple into anywhere. I used to staple up butcher paper almost like wall paper and have a math wall, word wall, etc. I really like to have my walls filled with as much information, decoration, etc. as possible. What are some of your tips of how I could best hang any paper and/or material on these walls without doing damage and so that it will not continually fall down. Is these a way to do this without plastering bulletin boards all over the room? I would love to hear your clever ideas!
command adhesive hooks for hanging pocket charts and anything heavy. I always clean the area with a little rubbing alcohol to remove any oil or dirt from the wall before I stick them on. For hanging posters and things of that nature, I use Mavalus tape. You can find it at teacher supply stores or google it and order online. It is good stuff! I have used scotch tape (only scotch brand) and it works well also, but Mavalus is the best. Good luck!
Try something like this. I found an off-brand that had packaging that looked like a yellow legal pad that was cheaper than this brand and they worked great!!!! Those cinder block walls are a teacher's nightmare and this stuff held stuff up all year. They were a breeze to remove and left no residue at all.
I use hot glue to hold my items on the wall. It may seem crazy but you can totally peel the glue off at the end of the year and it doesn't damage the wall. Laminating them beforehand keeps them from tearing, obviously.
I use the command adhesive hangers and run a thin wire to make a make shift clothes line. I then hang items from the line using clothes pins. The other thing you might want to think about is using hot glue to put clothes pins on the wall then all you have to do is open the clothes to change the poster.
I have had a similar situation. I was assigned to a different school last year. My classroom is so much smaller than I had and has block walls. I started using Stikki Clips. There are 20 in a box. Got them from a school supply store. They are reusable. I had to use clips on the top and bottom of my posters,etc.
If you want to make a true bulletin board, you could hot glue to the wall the blue insulation board that they put on the outside of houses when they are building them. I find it at Lowes, and it is fairly inexpensive. You can also attach them with the Command velcro poster hangers. (I used these to attach a head board made out of the same material and covered with fabric in my son's room.) I cover it with paper or fabric like a bulletin board and use pins to hang things. Staples pull out too easily. Ceiling tiles also work well, but they are more permanent. I had to attach them with liquid nails. They are very difficult to get down.