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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

White Boards

White Boards come in either squares or rectangles and can be written on with a dry erase marker. You can do anything on them. You can work math problems, spell words, answer questions, draw visual representations, brainstorm, use them to display answers in group reviews, and I could go on and on. Your students will love them because they can write on a surface that is not a piece of paper and use a marker as well. The problem with white boards is that they cost between $2.50 and $3.00 a board if you purchase 30 at a time and most of us do not have that amount of money to shell out for a classroom teaching technique. I have solved this problem by substituting white shower board that you can buy at your local Home Depot. If you tell them you are a teacher, they will cut it for you for free. You can get 30 12” x 12” squares at an approximate cost of 40¢ a board. If you have a Woods Program in your school, they can cut it for you as well. When I was a school principal, I use to have my wood program cut boards for all of my new teachers. Sometimes school principals will reimburse you for a purchase such as this; it is worth asking. Also, you do not need fancy erasers or cleaners to maintain your boards. Paper towels or scraps of material work for erasers and clean-up should be done after each session of use with Windex or other glass cleaners. Home Depot white boards are not as pretty but are just as functional and a whole lot cheaper.

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