This pandemic has caused us to stretch our thinking and innovate to make the best learning environment for our students.
I love sending students to the whiteboard or having them use table whiteboards in the classroom to practice. With social distancing, I couldn’t get as many to the whiteboards as I needed to. I also have individual table whiteboards, but using the sanitizing cleaner on our them was eating the finish.
The solution came from two of my colleagues ideas. The first one was the individual bags with a cut up piece of towel. Students were asked, if they could, to purchase their own marker for the bag. I had a few for students who couldn’t or who forgot. This way they could use their own “eraser” and marker and we wouldn’t have to sanitize them.
The second solution was laminated paper with a grid printed on one side. Each student received one for the notebook. Now they can use their own and we don’t have to sanitize the desk whiteboards and ruin the finish.
The third part was laminating grid chart paper to put on the walls as extra whiteboard space. It works just as well as and erases just as well as the shower board my school uses for whiteboards.
I loved finally getting my students up and working problems. I love that they can look around and see what others are doing and self-correct. I love that it helps me see where students are with current material. We were able to get almost everyone to the new board spaces because we are now on a hybrid schedule with part of the alphabet each day. I need to make a few more for the wall and find some space to put them.
This pandemic has been something. Keep being awesome for your students but also keep taking care of yourself! It’s hard, but it won’t be forever!