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individual whiteboards

Jan 14, 2013 3:43pm

When do you use individual white boards in your classroom to increase student engagement and check for understanding?

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies
  • Pre K-12
  • Assessment / Differentiation / Engagement / Planning


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    • Jan 15, 2013 7:19pm

      All the time! The kids start the day answering a morning math problem on their whiteboard and bringing it down to the carpet to Morning Meeting with them. They may use it 2-3 more times throughout math time depending on the day to show how to solve a problem with pictures, numbers, and/or words. Some of my reading groups that work on word work will do spelling or phonics reteaching on them. They will use them to independently practice as well. I often use one to model how I organize my thinking during a small group lesson and then they use their board in a similar way. I'd waste a ton of paper without them! Fortunately, I have a very kind father who picks up a sheet of shower board from the home improvement store every couple of years and saws them into 12x12 boards. He even sands the edges down for me!

      • Jan 17, 2013 1:44am

        In our 3rd grade classroom, I use the whiteboards in the AM (whole class) for review. Then I will introduce a new topic, (connecting it to the review) and have them show me their work on it. The students also like to use their whiteboards during down time to practice spelling words, work out math problems or even for cursive practice.

        • Jan 22, 2013 8:43pm

          We've been using individual white boards for our telling time lessons. The teacher will hold up a time on a clock and the students write what time it is on their white board. This helps with checks for understanding as well as where student misconceptions are.

          • Mar 1, 2013 9:48am

            I have just been a new teacher for a year at a commercial school in Bangkok Thailand..English language teaching is my subject.I often use white board ( not individual) for sample contents from the students" experiences and ask them to renew it together or row by row . After that usually play game as racing of writing words or vocabularies and make sentences as much as they can.Finally give the score to the winner one.
            It rather normal but for the weak English students,I like to encourage them at the front attention and help the class learning and racing together.

            • Jul 13, 2013 3:19pm

              I use mine 1-2 times per week. Usually as we review for an assessment or when I am doing whole class questioning activities. I teach 9th grade English. These are especially great for grammar. :)

              • Oct 14, 2015 7:52am

                Even though I'm a little too late in answering I just want to say that I use whiteboards for general warm up questions in multiple choice format. Just a simple answer, not one where it might take the whole page to show the depth of work like in a constructed response format. Like other equipment, storing and maintenance can be time consuming especially when you have a classroom full of 30+ kids. So, I donated these boards or stored them for a different purpose and had each kid bring their own page protectors with a white paper inside with a piece of Kleenex/tissue and their own whiteboard marker for easy storage in their binders. That way if they make some error they won't have to use my class set of dry erasers. Of course when a math problem is more involved, nothing beats pen and paper. They're nice to use as temporary places to show work when they work in teams and they're showing each other their POVs. Sometimes, I would take a picture of it and show its image for the class to see as exemplars.