Have an old outdated chalkboard in your classroom that you just don't know how to utilize?
This post is all about how I figured out what to do with the chalkboard that was just taking up space in my classroom!
|This is my classroom chalkboard now (don't mind the fact that it is a little messy at the time of the photo! It was right before my girls were going to change it)|
- Random Facts of the Day
- Journal Questions for the whole week
- Daily Agenda
- Exit Slip Questions
- "Said is Dead" and other dead words
- SOLs (or Common Core Standards)
Over the summer I went into school and make a chalk outline of all the boxes I wanted. When I was FINALLY satisfied with my outline I pulled out my handy dandy duck tape and went over my chalk lines. Last year I used plain duck tape, but this year I wanted a little bit more pizzaz so I went with (Paint Splatter):
It goes on the board GREAT (and stays put all year) and the best part is it comes off at the end of the year just as easily!
I created name cards for each section on index cards and taped those up with clear tape and a duck tape border
Here are close up shots of my sections:
|I usually do an exit slip whenever we finish a new topic, but I also keep them on the board at all times so kids can flip through them|
|My random facts don't really pertain to english but the kids LOVE them (I can't tell you how many time I hear the question, "Is that really true?"|
|I keep my "said is dead" word cards on the board using rings and magnets. When we are writing essays students can go to the board and flip through them.|
|I keep an agenda so the students know what we are doing for the day. Generally they are written in "The Student Will..." statements, but I had a new board changer this day so we are still working on it! :)|
|We had a light reminders week just their weekly homework story and when it was due, but normally this is much fuller!|
|I also keep a full week's worth of journal questions at the top of my chalk board. If a student is absent they know they need to update their Journal Question and Bell Ringer Book!|
I made another amazing discovery last summer and that was:
Chalkboard markers! I love them so much more than chalk! They come write off with wipes or a little water and a tissue.
I keep them on my chalkboard in a magnetic pen holder:
One other thing I should mention is that at my school we have bus waves. Which means that I am in the classroom for about 30 minutes with some students while they are waiting for their bus wave to reach the school.
At the start of school I told the kids that I wanted to hire one or two of them per grading period to update the chalkboard everyday.
I had them apply for the job (telling me why they wanted it and why they would be good at it) on index cards and then I "hired" two students.
If they complete their job then I give them a treat of some sort every Friday.
It has worked out great so far!
People (especially administrators) comment on my board every time they are in my classroom!