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How to use a portable whiteboard in your classroom

School Dry wipe magnetic whiteboards are often seen by teachers as an essential classroom resource.  They can be used for any subject area and are a super fun way of engaging pupils in your lesson.  When using dry erase portable whiteboards, teachers can easily see which pupils are understanding concepts and which pupils are struggling.  Using whiteboards also helps pupils to build confidence because mistakes made during guided practice can be easily erased and forgotten about.

Board Necessities

  • Your pupils must always have a clear view of the whiteboard. Be careful not to block pupils sitting at the sides of the classroom.  When you write something on the board, always move away immediately so that pupils can see what you have written.
  • Write clearly on the board and always ensure that you have written words that are big enough for all your pupils to see and clear enough for them to read. Always make sure that the pen you are using is in a colour that everyone can read, black or blue are the best colours for this.
  • Before cleaning the whiteboard, check with your pupils that they are ready for you to clean the board. Make sure you wait for all pupils to finish copying or doing the activity before wiping the board clean and moving on to the next task.

How to use your whiteboard

Portable whiteboards can be used in the classroom in so many ways, here are just a few suggestions:

  • Writing up new vocabulary
  • Maths activities
  • Writing up instructions
  • Writing activities
  • To display all sorts of items – posters, pictures and flashcards.
  • Display materials – e.g. maps, photos, pupil’s own work.

All the above activities will help to make your classroom more interactive and prevents too much teacher talking time.

Playing games

Dry erase portable whiteboards are great for playing lots of different games on.  Teachers need a selection of whiteboard games as warm ups, fillers or lesson-ending activities which require no preparation.  The traditional game of hangman is a good game to play with your class, as is pictogram, which can be played with all levels.  Spelling races are also very popular with young pupils and word games are a fantastic way of settling classes and revising vocabulary, such as using anagrams or jumbled sentences.

Using Visuals

You don’t have to be good at drawing to use pictures with your pupils, to be fair, the worse the drawings are, the more fun they can be.  Try to master basic stick men and faces with expressions.  Drawing pictures is an essential skill for explaining writing and stories to pupils.  Practice story-telling with simple images on the whiteboard.  Remember to ask pupils to the board to draw too, as this is fun and makes the learning interactive.  You may even wish to create picture stories with your pupils and use these for further verbal or written work.  Other visuals which could be useful to draw are large-scale pictures such as maps, a plan of your town/village or a plan of a building.  These images can then be used with stick on cut outs to provide an abundance of language practice.

Try to make your board as interactive as possible, ask pupils to come out to draw, write, present or even work on the whiteboards.  Use your whiteboard as support for your voice, give instructions, examples and feedback.  You can also use whiteboard activities as an aid to discipline, you could settle a loud class by giving them a quick copying exercise or you could write a child’s name up on the board if they are talking too much as oppose to just telling them off.

You may also want to use your whiteboard as an organisational tool.  You can use it to write up your list of things to do or you can use it to keep you on track with a lesson.

We would love to hear how you use your whiteboard in your classroom.  Please feel free to leave us a comment.

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