This article enlists some of the possible ways of using a whiteboard in a creative manner.
A whiteboard may just be a simple tool but making the most of it in a classroom by using it creatively in many ways can be significant especially in maximizing the studentsí learning experience.
Here are some creative ways of using the whiteboard with its complete potential.
Setting Out The Lesson For The Day
Writing down an outline of the lessons and topics for day on the top part or along the side of the whiteboard prior to starting the class can help show the students your reason for every single thing that you do. Moreover, it can be an advantage for students who require structure and are eager to know about whatís next because they want to be mentally prepared.
Building Mind Maps
While the whole class is brainstorming for ideas, you can draw mind maps on the whiteboard so that you can depict your classí thought process in an understandable and visual way. It works best when preparing for short story writings, making class projects and stimulating a class discussion.
You can start by writing the main topic in the center of the whiteboard and then drawing several lines coming out of it pointing to sub-topics. You can then ask your students to add ideas or information relevant to every category that you have listed. The resulting figure will then look like a web of a spider or maybe a brain cell multiplying and this diagram will inspire your students because of the many ideas indicated in it.
Assessing Studentsí Understanding
Using a whiteboard can help you easily determine and assess your studentsí understanding. You can provide the students with problem sets to work on and make them use their handheld small whiteboards that they can hold up to show their answers. This way, you can see who understands what as well as those who need help on the topic of the day.
This is actually not time-consuming unlike having a quiz or seatwork and making everyone write their answers on a piece of paper and then submitting it to you. It is also better than recitations or verbally asking them to give you the right answer. This way, you will just hear one childís idea and no indication of everyone elseís performance.
Another way is to group your students into two and, one by one, ask them to draw a picture without showing it to the partner. Then they will explain to the partner how to draw the exact thing. Eventually, each pair will hold up the drawings to the rest of the students so that they can compare and contrast the difference.
This can be an excellent practice for kids in describing things as well as for students to practice English words relevant to lines and shapes and preposition of a place.
A Blindfolded Game Of Drawing
This fun game can help your students in practicing their listening and concentration skills where a student goes to the front of the classroom and blindfolds himself. You the put two words on both sides of the whiteboard and the student must be able to connect them with a single line. However, the student wonít be able to see so he must rely for his classmatesí directions.
The can say ďrightĒ, ďleftĒ, ďdownĒ and ďupĒ to help their blindfolded classmate in drawing the line. To make the game even more exciting, you can try writing three to four random words on the whiteboard and the blindfolded student must connect them, forming a sentence.