Every teacher needs to know these classroom whiteboard tips. Whiteboards are one of the most important tools that a teacher needs in the classroom. The best quality whiteboards are scratch resistant and magnetic. They are mainly used for displaying written or drawn work but can also be used for storing classroom tools, displaying bulletin boards, and for being a clean backdrop for use with a projector.
Classroom whiteboards come in all different sizes and types for different purposes. There are the standing easel whiteboards, wall mounted whiteboards, and small lapboards for students. There are also the DIY whiteboards that you can create by sticking dry-erase sheets onto chalkboards.
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Classroom Whiteboard Tips for Bulletin boards
A magnetic whiteboard easily becomes an interactive bulletin board: Use magnetic pouches and pocket charts to hold tiny cards and pieces for your bulletin board area like this morning meeting bulletin board in the picture above. The teacher uses the pouches for her class schedule, alphabet, numbers, calendar pieces, student names, and pictures for individual lessons and units. Strong magnetic hooks can hold up heavy pocket charts.
Use a magnetic curtain rod to hang anchor charts on your whiteboard: A white magnetic curtain rod will blend right into your whiteboard and it would not distract from the main focal point which would be the anchor charts that hang from it. This is one of the most popular ideas for classroom whiteboard tips. See classroom tips for using magnetic curtain rods in this blog post.
Use magnetic bulletin board border trims: They are narrow enough to add visible decoration and not take up too much space on whiteboards. They make it easy to have different sections on your whiteboard. See more colors and designs for magnetic border trims in this blog post.
Use magnetic pins: Hang up your visuals on your whiteboard using magnetic pins. They are tiny, but very strong, and they do not distract from the charts and cards because of their small size. Students can use them as counters on their dry erase boards.
Use tapes to separate your whiteboard into sections: For example, this teacher uses black tape from Scotch to divide her whiteboard into sections for subjects. Whiteboard tapes come in different thickness sizes, colors, and they can be either magnetic or adhesive.
Write neatly with magnetic lined paper: If you need to model neat handwriting on your whiteboard, add these large magnetic red and blue lined papers or magnetic notebook papers to your whiteboard. They are large dry erase posters for teachers to write neatly on.
Turn your chalkboard into a whiteboard: You can cover a chalkboard with a white magnetic peel and stick wallpaper, to make a functioning whiteboard for your classroom. See more information on how to do it in this DIY whiteboard blog post.
Use magnetic tape to stick cards to your whiteboard: Any kind of interactive card station that requires moving cards to diferent parts of your whiteboard, would require magnetic tape to make it easy to change them around. This magnetic tape is best for classrooms because it is thicker that most others and comes in a dispenser.
How to Store Items on a Whiteboard
Hang items with magnetic hooks: Magnetic hooks for whiteboards can be the tiny metal type or the big colorful ones. The colorful hooks are more suited for hanging light items like hall passes. The stronger metal hooks can be used to hang pocket charts and headphones.
Make a DIY marker caddy for your whiteboard: This is for if you do not have a magnetic whiteboard. Get a deep container with compartments and add two Velcro strips behind it to attach in to your whiteboard area. You can use a glue gun to attach the back of the Vecro strip to the container and to attach the other Velcro Strip to the whiteboard.
Your whiteboard should be magnetic for storage: This allows you to hang all kinds of things on it like papers and charts using magnetic pins. A magnetic whiteboard can also become a storage area for whiteboard erasers and markers.
Use magnetic dry erasers: They can stay right on the whiteboard so that they never get misplaced and they are always within reach.
Turn your whiteboard into an anchor chart bulletin board: The best thing about this is that you can easily hang your anchor chart pads using strong magnetic hooks that can stick to your whiteboard even though it’s through a layer of bulletin board paper.
Use Magnetic Clips to hang cards and posters: These magnetic clips are super strong for holding cards on your whiteboard all year long. Use them for schedule cards, calendar cards, and posters. I would recommend that you laminate the cards first for them to last. I put together some helpful laminating tips in this blog post.
Store books on your whiteboard: Teachers use magnetic spice racks on their whiteboards to feature books from the classroom library. These types of magnetic racks have a super strong magnetic pull to keep several books on each rack.
More classroom whiteboard tips will be added as I find them.
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