Making the Most of Your Classroom Whiteboard
Surfaces like magnetic whiteboards and notice boards can greatly improve the ways in which you and your class work. No university, school or preschool classroom is complete without a whiteboard or whiteboard easel. Wall-mounted and mobile whiteboards are the ideal way to display the objectives and challenges for each lesson and offer a number of other uses, from brainstorming new ideas to breaking down and solving problems.
Adding functional surfaces to your classroom or office is always something worth considering. They can come in handy in so many different ways. To help you get the best use out of your whiteboard, we’ve put together a quick guide to underline some of the key roles of this vital tool.
Top tip: If you’re sick of running out of room on your board when you don’t want to rub your notes off just yet, a space-saver whiteboard or a flip chart easel is a handy alternative. These are particularly popular for presentations and ongoing workshops.
The Best Whiteboard for Your Classroom
It can be difficult to choose a whiteboard for your classroom when there are so many different options. Without guidance, telling the difference can be a challenge. Our article, What’s the Best Type of Whiteboard for My Classroom? will help you select the best board for you, based on your classroom’s specific requirements.
If you have students that like to work through problems and tasks at their own pace, in addition to a wall-mounted whiteboard, it may be worth considering a mobile whiteboard or easel that they can use independently.
Low-sheen whiteboards are generally best if you’re going to use them with a projector, while glass whiteboards are often the way to go if your priority is a dry erase board that always comes clean. Which should you pick? The perfect whiteboard can be a great way to go about boosting productivity if your classroom is in need of a change. With so many options available, you really get a chance to find your dream design.
Many boards combine a range of features and functions – such as magnet acceptance, background colour and mobility – at no extra cost, so you don’t have to choose just one function for your surface.
5 Ways to Use Your Classroom Whiteboard
Your whiteboard may be white, but there’s no need for it to be boring. There’s no time like the present to think of some different, new ways to make use of your classroom whiteboard. There are some uses you may not have considered yet, so let’s take a moment to think of some of the best ways to use your board. If you don’t already want a new whiteboard, you probably will by the end of this list!
If you have a favourite use that isn’t mentioned here, why not get in touch and we’ll add it to the list.
Remember: If you’re looking for ways to optimise your approach to your services, goals or lessons, reluctance to invest in quality display boards will only hold you back.
1. Best for Brainstorming
If you want to encourage your students to work together as a team, mapping and writing out suggestions from the class to develop a fully-formed plan or explanation is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. It makes it easier for everyone to revisit previously discarded ideas to see if they can be reworked to help with the final plan, and a full record of your thought process makes it much easier for members of the class to follow along.
Magnetic whiteboards can add an extra element to the brainstorming process. Coloured magnets can be used to colour-code your ideas, or to attach photos and documents to the board. Magnets are also available in letter- and number-shapes, which can add a great design element to your brainstorm.
Read more: The Perks of a Magnetic Whiteboard
2. Who Needs a Notice Board?
When you need to keep everyone in your class up-to-date with what’s going on, use of your whiteboard needn’t be restricted to class time. It can also serve as a message board for any important updates or news. Notices to write up might include the time of your year group’s next assembly, reminders to hand in permission forms for an upcoming event or a date that needs written in everyone’s diary.
3. Daily Thoughts and Quotes
Whiteboards can also be used for staff and students to write up their Quote of the Day, similar to the message board function. Turn your ordinary whiteboard into a place for discussion and thoughtfulness among classmates by creating a dedicated space on your whiteboard for your class to communicate with each other. Be sure to leave a marker pen next to this space so those that want to use the space can do so without creating a scene.
Your whiteboard can become impossible to clean when stains and permanent marker contribute to marking the surface. Your standard whiteboard can sometimes start to look a little grubby over time. These boards can end up looking untidy even after a thorough wide-down, as there may still be a slight grey tinge to the surface.
If you’re bored of dealing with this issue, glass whiteboards are a great choice. These boards can look pristine for much longer, which is largely due to their surface being made from toughened glass, but also down to the fact that their bright colours can often mask the grubby effect.
4. Daily Challenges to Test Your Class
Give your class something to work on in their downtime by putting a brain teaser or logic problem related to your subject (for example, an anagram for English or a historic riddle for history) on your whiteboard. Your students’ minds will be kept active outside of their usual classwork with a daily or weekly challenge like this, and it will keep them entertained and engaged.
Best Seller: Junior Mobile Tilting Magnetic Whiteboards
This tool is ideal for resting and displaying books and artwork. Two of its wheels can be locked to keep the board in place, or unlocked to allow the board to be moved freely on its four castor wheels. With its simple design and attached pen tray, students love this practical, floor-standing mobile junior whiteboard. The board is kept at the perfect angle with a pivot and lock mechanism, and offers a full-width ledge so that books can be safely balanced when needed.
Read more: Red17’s Top 10 Products for Schools 2020
5. Celebrate Class Achievements
If you have students who go above and beyond the expectation of a normal pupil, work hard at their lessons or have made great progress in a challenging area, use your whiteboard like a gold star chart and write down their names. Encourage other teachers and students to congratulate them for their hard work by explaining on the board why the individual has been singled out. Try to make sure everyone has a turn on the board by choosing a different member of the class each week to nominate based on their performance.
Any teacher’s most trusted teaching aid is their whiteboard. They make it possible to enhance a class’s learning experience and have so many great uses that allow you to engage with your class on different levels. Why not make the most of your whiteboard this academic year by trying out some of our suggestions?