One way to actively involve students in a lesson is through the use of dry erase boards. They are excellent tools for Word Work, and they also increase engagement and provide opportunities for quick formative assessment during whole-group lessons, small-group lessons, and one-on-one conferring sessions. In the classrooms we visit, we have learned some very creative ways teachers are providing students with access to a dry erase surface. We hope one of these ideas will work for you.
1. Purchase lap-sized dry erase boards from a school supply company.
2. Purchase a piece of shower board from a local hardware store. Use the large piece to make a whiteboard table or have it cut into panels of any size. These make excellent personal boards for student use.
3. Solo-brand plastic plates work as dry erase boards.
4. Dry Erase Contact Paper can turn any surface into a dry erase board. We recently heard from a teacher who put this contact paper on the back of each child’s math journal (composition notebook) so their dry erase board was always with them in their book box.
5. Look at the surface of your classroom desks or tables. If they are nonporous and smooth, students can write directly on them using a dry erase marker.