I'm doing recorder karate with three grades and I ran out of space and ideas of how to show progress for all three grades (see what I USUALLY do at this post)! I had this idea and thought it would work so well in the little space that I had left in my room. I decided to put this up right around the big blocked off area that I use for a projection screen in our recorder area. I still like the idea, but I'm definitely going to modify it and I'll tell you why.
Here's what I like and what I DON'T LIKE! I like the color, I like how it fills the extra space round the projection area, and I love how the color is right next to the name of the song the kid needs to play to advance to a new belt. It's been great to say "Go check the board and see what's next." However, this specific bulletin board isn't good at holding staples. The pipe cleaners are forever coming off. And stapling the pipe cleaners in the middle of the pipe cleaner doesn't work well because it bends the metal inside the core and makes it hard to staple. I think that if I bought the kind of pipe cleaner without metal in the middle it might work better and if I used a different bulletin board that might work better too. The names keep falling off because I can't push too hard to stick them on (because if I do the pipe cleaner comes unstapled and names fall off).
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