I’ve been using Power Pix in my classroom for going on three years now. I love everything about them. This instructional idea came from Whole Brain Teaching, so all credit goes to them for such a clever strategy. I mean, what’s not to love about them? Got visual learners? They can see the graphic image. Auditory learners? They can hear the question and answer. Oh, and your kinesthetic learner? They’ve got a gesture. Plus, it stays on your wall all year because, let’s be honest, some students are going to need more time before it “sticks.”
Power Pix Bulletin Board
When planning my lessons, I select from my curriculum binders the Power Pix and outlines I’m going to need for that week. Since I haven’t taught the Power Pix to my students yet, it’s too soon to place the Power Pix in its permanent home on the wall (see photo below). I keep my “new” Power Pix that I’m using in my lessons on a bulletin board in the front of my room.
Last Year’s Idea…
Last year I just used masking tape and simply taped the Power Pix to my bulletin board. I used laminated pieces of black construction paper to act as a background and to protect my butcher paper from tearing due to the masking tape. It worked fine, but I knew I could probably think of a better system.
…Now Made Better
In keeping with my pirate themed classroom, I used a package of nickel plated thumbtacks and created “nailed” edges to the laminated black construction paper. I thought this made it resemble the edge of a treasure chest. 🙂 I tucked one small black binder clip under one thumbtack, holding it in place. Now instead of taping my Power Pix I can simply clip them to the bulletin board. Easy on, easy off! Check it out!