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5 Reasons to Use Personal Whiteboards in Your Primary School Classroom

2016-02-16

Whether you teach enthusiastic preschoolers or too-cool-for-school young teenagers, you know the importance of individual engagement, group collaboration and adequate school supplies. What you may not always know is the best way to achieve these goals simultaneously.

While no single tool can perfect the way you teach or the way your students learn, many primary school teachers find that personal whiteboards help.

Personal whiteboards usually measure about the same as a standard sheet of paper, and many feature chalkboards on the reverse side.

In this blog, we introduce you to five of the common reasons why teachers like you should invest in these versatile learning tools.

1. Allows Creative Expression With Minimal Distraction

Many students find themselves doodling while they should be doing classwork. While this activity can become a distraction, it also provides an opportunity for your students to express their emotions, frustrations and concerns privately.

When you use personal whiteboards in class, your students will probably still doodle. However, because whiteboard drawings are so impermanent, they pose less of a distraction than pen or pencil doodles.

You may even find it helpful to start whiteboard sessions with free drawing or a guided activity like Pictionary. This practice assures your students that you care about their creativity, while simultaneously preparing them to buckle down for the lesson.

2. Equalises Students of Different Economic Backgrounds

If your school serves students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, you may find it difficult to help your students find common ground. Often, items as small as special writing utensils or notebooks can become barriers between well-off and poor students.

Use personal whiteboards with standard markers and erasers for group activities instead. When every student works with the same tools, each individual's ideas have the same presentation. This feeling of equality can help your students collaborate more effectively and may encourage shy students to share their thoughts more readily than they would otherwise.

3. Minimises the Impact of Small Errors

When you teach young children, you come to understand just how much small errors can impact each child's confidence. But spelling mistakes, smudges and word choice errors are all part of learning.

When you provide a whiteboard for classroom activities, you help each student feel empowered to erase and correct any small errors. This ability can help children feel braver when it comes to new concepts, making personal whiteboards ideal for math, second language and penmanship lessons.

4. Provides Multi-medium Learning Opportunities

Some of the most important lessons a student learns aren't the ones you teach directly, but the ones that happen naturally during classwork. The erasable nature of whiteboards makes them ideal for multi-medium learning opportunities.

Why teach a simple science lesson when you could have your students perfect their penmanship, colour association or spatial learning at the same time. Encourage your students to use their personal whiteboards to make and explore connections that they might have missed during a traditional lecture period.

5. Reduces Classroom Paper Waste During Activities

Classrooms can produce a lot of paper waste, whether it comes from subject notes or pop quizzes. To make your classroom more sustainable, switch to personal whiteboards for certain lessons.

Taking quizzes, playing games and doing activities on whiteboards can reduce the amount of paper that each student uses over time. Use the whiteboards for reviews and group work to get important feedback about student comprehension, without requiring that your students hand in papers that may just end up in the bin.


Think personal whiteboards might be just what your classroom needs? View some model options on our double sided writing board page.

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