Do you have a set of these white boards?
Wonderful, aren't they? Each student can have a white board and display his/her answer on his/her own board. They are perfect for small group use, and even large class use. Yes, the students like to draw and doodle on them, but overall, students using white boards are usually quite engaged in the lesson. You can quickly get an idea of the students that are understanding the concepts being presented, and those that are still confused or struggling to grasp a certain concept. (You know... just watching our students' nonverbal cues can tell us teachers a lot. Students that confidently write their answer as quick as a wink KNOW the concept. On the other hand, students who pause and try to covertly steal a glance at their neighbor's board do not quite understand the new learning.)
These white boards work great for practicing spelling patterns, math problems, etc. However, they aren't the answer for everything. They don't quite work for practicing map skills or drawing the hands on a clock. Drumroll... that's where PAGE PROTECTORS come in handy! Did you know dry-erase markers and erasers work just as well on a page protector as they do on a white board?!?!? Yes, it's true! (When I read that in Wiliam's book, I sat there and thought, I've been teaching for 15 years, and I didn't KNOW that? Why didn't I think of that??)
Just slip a paper inside a sleeve and voila! You have a new all-student response system that you can use with your entire class to keep them engaged! Want to practice finding locations on a map using longitude and latitude? Just hand out maps, page protectors, and dry-erase markers and you're all set for whole-group practice! Want to have students practice finding the place value of a certain digit in a number? Try this method!
Below are just some of the ways that I have used page protectors in my class:
|Colored cardstock provides a bright alternative to white boards!|
|Perfect for labeling maps!|
|Works great with any graphic organizer!|
|These graphic organizers are FREE on TPT (compliments of Nicole Swisher!).|
Please leave a comment and let me know what other papers you slip inside page protectors to allow for individual responses during a whole-class activity! I would love to hear more ideas!
Before I sign off for this month, I have two other things I would like to quickly mention! First of all, I recently added a FREE April Fool's Day craftivity to my store! If you haven't tried a craftivity with your students yet, this freebie is a perfect one to try!
Finally, I have a "Pin It to Win It" giveaway going on at my blog, Crafting Connections, right now! I will be giving away pinned resources to FIVE winners!
Until next month!