August 20, 2003
I keep my posters and charts on a chart stand for all my students to read. I punch two holes in the top for the metal rings allowing me to change the posters and to also let the students read them. I use them year after year and have laminated them to keep them going. After teaching for 8 years, some of my laminated posters started ripping through the holes I punched. I had no way to fix them except to re-laminate them. I figured if I was going to re-laminate, I better figure out how not to have the ripping happen again. I decided that I needed to make the posters really durable and thick on the top where you punch the holes. I took an extra poster board and cut it into about 2 inch strips and glued it on the back of the posters on the top. I glued 2 strips on each one making the poster or chart very sturdy on the top where you punch the holes. Hopefully these posters and charts will last much longer. I now do this for every one of my posters and charts that I laminate for the first time and for any ones that rip through!