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Creative Uses

There are many creative ways in which you can use Wedge Whiteboards here are a few ideas that you may wish to try:

Play a whiteboard directions game

Blindfold one pupil and ask them to stand near the board with a dry erase pen. The other pupils must tell them how to draw a line between two points on the board by the route you show them.

Play a blindfold joining up game

This is similar to the whiteboard directions game, but pupils must join two words or parts of a sentence on the board by listening to the instructions of the other pupils, e.g. drawing a line between “do” and “your homework” as quickly as possible by listening to the other pupil’s shout “up”, “down”, “left” and “right”.

Cover and reveal

If you want to use a complicated picture or long text on the board during a lesson, write it or draw it on the board before the lesson starts and then cover it with blank A3 paper stuck up with magnets. As well as saving time, this makes the pupils interested in what will be revealed when the paper comes off. Be careful not to smudge the dry erase pen you have written on the board when you pull the paper off.

Use a colour code

Having a system of using each colour of whiteboard pen for a certain use will help pupils understand and remember what you are teaching them. For example, when teaching grammar, you could use blue for the names of tenses, red for the meanings, and black for the example sentences; or red for error corrections, green for new vocabulary and black for new grammar.

Write the aims for today’s lesson

Writing the aims of the lesson at the top or side of the board before class and tick each one off as you do it or at the end of the class. This will show your pupils that you are teaching methodically and that you have a reason for each thing you do in class. It may also help with revision and taking questions from pupils at the end of the day.

Do a picture dictation

Pupils sit down whilst describing a picture that the pupil by the board cannot see and helps them to draw the same thing on the board.

Use magnets

Post a copy of the answer key for pupils to check their own answers after class, or putup enlarged A3 copies of pictures from the textbook to discuss before they open their books.

Have a drawing race

Pupils race to be the first to draw a picture of the sentence you write on the board, e.g. “There are a few bananas on the table”. To make it like a board race, you can only allow each member of the team to draw one object that is mentioned in your sentence, e.g. one banana of the few bananas, before passing the pen to a team member to continue the drawing.

Write bigger

Writing as big as possible gets pupils’ attention and is easier for them to copy down. If you are worried about running out of board space, you can copy it down smaller somewhere else on the board later to make room for the new things you want to write or use the other side of the Wedge Whiteboard.

Divide up the board

Dividing the board into 4 or so boxes of different sizes at the beginning of the lesson can really help with organisation of the things you write up. Things you can use the boxes for include errors you corrected, new vocabulary taught, homework and pupil questions you are saving for later.

Draw bullet points

Things written on the board next to bullet points or numbers are much easier to see and much easier to copy down.

Take a photo of the board

Taking a digital photo of a finished whiteboard presentation can help you remember how you set it up next time you present the same type of lesson.