FAQ About Bulletin Boards

Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ about Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards have been used in the church for some time to post announcements, for decor, and even in Bible classes like Sunday School.

Since this blog focuses on teacher training, we want to address a few questions Bible teachers might have about using Bulletin Boards.

Are bulletin boards a teaching method or visual aid?

Bulletin boards can be used in the Bible class as either a visual aid or teaching method. Sometimes they’re even used simply as room decor, often seasonal. When the content on the board merely illustrates the truth being taught, it is most likely being used as a visual aid. When, however, students must design, react to, or interact with what’s on the board, it’s probably being used as a teaching method.

For help on how to make boards interactive, read: Interactive Bulletin Boards

For teacher training on how to effectively use bulletin boards:  Make Bulletin Boards SUPER

Since students’ world is so high tech these days, should bulletin boards still be used?

Just because technology is so prevalent in the world today doesn’t mean we can’t ever use low tech methods. The question we must always ask about teaching methodology is, “what will best communicate the truth to my students?”

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Where can I find ideas for bulletin boards to use in teaching?

You can still find books with ideas for biblical themes. Go to the Bulletin Boards as a Teaching Tool Training Resources page and scroll down to the ‘Resources’ section for a list of books. You can also find ideas doing an internet search or using a site like Pinterest.

 

Interactive Bulletin Boards

Interactive Bulletin Boards
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Bulletin boards can be used by Bible teachers in three ways:

1) room decor
2) visual aid
3) teaching method

Bulletin boards change from a visual aid or piece of room decor to a teaching method when used interactively.

How Bible Teachers Can Use Bulletin Boards Interactively

  • A new piece can be added to the display as a lesson, or series, progresses.
  • Add actual objects or textures that can be touched.
  • Add, remove, and replace images to help with memorization.
  • Have students write responses on an item to be added to the board.
  • Add tabs to be lifted for additional information.
  • Have students choose a relevant Bible verse or caption to add to the display.
  • Have students prepare items already determined to place on a pre-fab design.
  • Ask students to design the bulletin board based on the lesson learned.

For an acrostic to help you remember elements to help make a bulletin board interactive, check out the Make Bulletin Boards SUPER handout.

Engage the Senses

Engage the Senses

In teaching the Bible, one of our objectives should be to line up with how God made people to learn — through our five senses. As Bible teachers we usually don’t have trouble employing methods that require students to engage their sense of hearing. Many will add visualization, thus engaging the sense of seeing. But, what about the other senses?

Bible Verses Referencing the Senses

“faith comes from hearing the message” (Rom. 10:17)

This verse lets us know how critical the sense of hearing is to engaging people. Remember, however, that it is not the only sense.

Touch me and see” (Lk. 24:39)

Thomas was encouraged to touch Jesus’ scars to help with his doubts. Hearing that Jesus was alive needed to be coupled with touching in order for Thomas to believe.

“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5)

Job’s faith had been grounded in what he heard about God. His trials, seeing God in action, strengthened that trust even more.

Taste and see that the LORD is good.” (Ps. 34:8)

The choice of words in the above verse may be meant figuratively but the concept of engagement is there.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (2 Cor. 2:14)

Again, the use of the word “aroma” suggesting the sense of smell may be meant figuratively in the above verse, but it implies a more holistic approach to the way we communicate with others.

Principles about Engaging the Senses

  1. Do not minimize the sense of hearing to grow people in their faith yet do not rely solely on it.
  2. While faith may begin with hearing the Word, it is often reinforced and strengthened by engagement in other ways.
  3. People may be at different places in their faith, requiring them to experience the Word in different ways.
  4. The more directly and purposefully involved in the learning process, through the various senses, the greater will be the learning and retention of what has been learned.
  5. If you can’t find an appropriate actual object for students to touch or recreate a scent or taste as in the Bible lesson, etc., at least use descriptive vocabulary to provide a word picture that will help students understand.

Practical Issues in Engaging Students Through the Use of their Senses

  • Carefully think through the logistics when engaging the various senses so it is a good experience.
  • Always keep safety in mind.
  • Be sensitive to students with allergies.

Do’s & Don’ts in a Visual Society

We live in a visual society. Just consider the popularity of sites like Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Many people tend to prefer pictures, infographics, and videos over text.

We also live in a society where people engage through screens of various sizes — smartphones, tablets, laptops, PC monitors, etc. This is the only kind of life many of the younger generation have known.

But really, the need to teach visually isn’t anything new. God made us to learn with our senses. Using audiovisuals has always been a good idea. It’s also the way God has communicated with people. Bible teachers need to get on page with God, not society.

Tips for Bible Teachers to Teach in a Visual Society

1) Do visualize the content where you can yet do so purposefully.

The objective isn’t merely to appeal to people’s senses or to entertain but to engage people in the learning process. It would be better not to use a visual or video than to use one that’s inappropriate or misrepresents.

2) Don’t limit yourself to any one medium.

Think in terms of pictures, videos, and objects. A visual image can be used to represent a truth that will help with recall later through the week when they see that image or picture of the image.

3) Do use both on screen and off screen pictures.

Just because people use screens a lot doesn’t mean it is the only way you should teach. A low tech approach, done well, can sometimes communicate just as well.

4) Don’t get discouraged if you cannot use screens in your setting.

Changed lives result from the work of God in people’s hearts not our methodology. With that said, we still should do whatever we do well. Read the following articles for help engaging students even with low tech means:

5) Do still communicate verbally and relationally.

Even if the visual depicts a scriptural scene or truth, it’s important people acknowledge the Bible as the source of truth. Visuals should never be a substitute for the Word — “faith comes from hearing the message” (Rom. 10:17). Also remember that the Word became flesh and dwelt among people (Jn. 1). The incarnation of Jesus suggests sharing be both verbal and relational.

For Other Tips:  Tips for Choosing & Using Audiovisuals Worksheet Download