On average, 23 students are in each primary school class. While this falls in the middle when compared to other developed countries, it can be difficult to keep younger students engaged with that number.
Add the struggle for supplies in many public schools to youngsters limited attention and you land at teachers across the nation struggling to engage their students.
Does this sound familiar and strike close to home?
Are you looking for creative ways to engage your students with items you already have in your classroom? Keep reading for seven awesome ways you can use a dry erase board to get your students excited to learn!
While you may initially shy away from playing Pictionary in your classroom, it can actually be a great educational tool. By using a dry erase board for each team, you will cut down on wasteful paper use!
The environment will thank you!
Consider dividing your class into a few groups (3 to 4 is sufficient) and provide each group with a list of vocabulary words you are currently working on. Cut up the list of words and place them in a hat or envelop.
Have the students take turns within the groups to pick a word and draw it for the other group members to guess. Whoever guesses it first, gets a point.
If you teach younger grades that may have trouble tracking points on their own (or being honest), split the class in half and have each side compete against one another while you draw a specific word.
2. Group Q&A Review
An excellent way to use dry erase boards within the classroom is doing fun, competitive review games. Divide your students up into small groups, each with a board and marker.
Give each group and each student an individual number.
Put a question on the board and ask each group to solve it together. Be sure to explain that everyone in the group needs to be able to solve it. This is because any one of the group members could be called up to solve it.
After a few minutes, call a number for one of the kids in each group. Have those students come up, write the answer on a whiteboard, and sit back down.
Reveal the answer and see what groups got it right. If a group was correct, give them a point. Offer bonus points or extra credit for the overall winner.
This tactic is another useful way to review content. Have them review grammar rules and write them out or list as many vocabulary words they can think of.
Additionally, brainstorming about existing knowledge before teaching a new one is a good way to make your students think!
Have groups of students sit together with a whiteboard and marker. Give them a topic you want to discuss and have one at a time free write for a few minutes.
This could help you gather information on what your students already do and don’t know so you know what areas you may need to spend extra time.
A large dry erase board can be a crucial aid in teaching your students valuable presentation skills.
If you assign a short in-class assignment, you can have the students then do a mini-presentation to the class. This is an opportunity to teach them how to explain the most important points from a reading in a clear, direct way.
Doing a lesson on short stories? Assign each group one story and have them create a short summary on the board and walk the class through main events.
5. Get to Know Classmates
This dry erase board activity is helpful especially in the beginning of the year for your students to bond as a class.
Give everyone a whiteboard and marker. Tell them to find another student and within five minutes, find something they both have in common. Make sure they know they will later share with the class, so they should take some notes.
Have them do this two or three times. Pushing your students to make friends is a huge benefit to their overall academic success.
This activity doesn’t just have to happen at the beginning of the year. Consider doing it once a month to push the kids to continue learning things about one another.
Another use for large dry erase board are games like Jeopardy. This game can be a great way to review the day before an exam.
List topic areas like Vocab, Book Characters, Math, etc. along the top. Under each of these categories, write out a few point values. For example, do 100, 200, and 500.
As the point value increases, make the questions harder.
Split your class into two and flip a coin to decide who starts first. Remember to only award points when a team correct answers in the form a question. For example, if the answer is Bob Dylan, make sure they ask “Who is Bob Dylan?”
If you find yourself needing to work with one student who is struggling with a subject, a dry erase board is a good tool to have.
Have your student write their answers or work out a problem on the board so you can easily watch with them. If you bring a second one, you can write certain things to help them along.
This strategy can be helpful when reviewing grammar and spelling. Any of the above-mentioned strategies can also be applied to individual students during tutoring sessions.
Grab a Dry Erase Board and Have Fun
Hopefully, these seven tips have invigorated your passion for learning that can be fun and interactive. Regardless of what grade level or subject you teach, incorporating whiteboards is a smart decision.
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