When trying to increase engagement in the classroom, teachers have a huge variety of learning aids and technology to choose from.
As is often the case, though, a simple solution is the best choice.
Mini whiteboards for the classroom are one of the easiest ways to make learning more interesting and beneficial for students.
Handing out whiteboards to students is a common teaching technique used to increase attention, facilitate learning activities, assess comprehension and promote a collaborative learning environment.
Dry-erase boards are cost-effective, convenient, help cater to different learning styles and are a fun alternative (particularly for younger students) to pencil and paper.
Here are 5 ways you can use mini whiteboards in the classroom:
Organise pre-lesson exercises
Get your students’ brains firing and their energy levels up by organising a fun learning game as a lesson warmup. Dry erase board activities are a great way to engage the class and make them more excited to learn.
Quickly assess comprehension
After introducing new concepts, ask your students a question and get them to write the answer on their mini whiteboards. They can then hold these up to show you, allowing you to move on if most are correct, or re-explain a topic if there are several wrong answers. This provides students with an easier and less stressful way of answering questions and reduces the anxiety of raising their hands and potentially being wrong in front of their classmates.
Facilitate group activities
Not only are group activities a great way to break up a lesson, they also encourage a collaborative learning environment where students feel safe to contribute their ideas. This helps increase comprehension, engagement and social skills. Have students sit in small groups and ask them to write their answers on a shared mini whiteboard.
Plan for interruptions
Any teacher knows that unexpected visitors, emergency meetings or behavioural issues can be very disruptive to lessons, and that students left with nothing to do can quickly become distracted and unproductive. Mini whiteboards can be reserved for this situation to keep students busy while you deal with the interruption.
Ask for post-lesson reflections
Getting students to write down a summary of what they’ve learned on their mini whiteboard is a great way to end a lesson. This helps them to retain information, and also gives you useful feedback on how the class is progressing.
If you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to transform your teaching, investing in a pack of mini whiteboards is the smart choice!
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