It’s Official – I’m Whiteboarding! (Blog Challenge, Week 1, #3)

I decided to take the blog challenge and glad I did. I have been so busy getting my online class in order and getting ready for students to start on Monday, that I have had very little time to get started. So, this blog challenge is prompting me to get started.

I decided on prompt 3 that deals with implementing or changing something for this year. I have been reading different blogs about whiteboarding and it really stuck with me. In Louisiana, we are implementing a whole new evaluation system, Compass. It is using the Donaldson Teacher Evaluations as 50% of our “score” and standardized test scores and/or student learning targets for the other 50% of our “score”. With the observations, the observer is looking for more student led instruction. So, it has had me thinking all throughout the summer. Not only do we have compass, but of course, we have the CCSS and the mathematical practices. When looking at all of these things, Whiteboarding just seems to make sense.

I have secured my 24″ x 32″ whiteboards. My wonderful husband went and got them this morning. I have decided to use my colored ducktape to make a cute boarder around them. I am still trying to figure out how best to attach a marker and eraser. I also want to glue pom poms on the end of the markers for quick erasers. Any ideas on how to do this?

I have found through the years, students love doing problems on the whiteboards. When I got my SmartBoard 4 years ago, it took up a lot of the space the students would use to work on the board. It not only took up the space where the whiteboard was, but my desk was also moved up to the front corner, taking up some additional board space. I don’t think buy in will be the problem, but I want to make sure to have clear procedures for using the whiteboards. One of the components of our evaluation rubric is classroom procedures. I am trying to figure out how to make smooth transitions with the whiteboards.

In addition to the whiteboards, I have figured out Splashtop, an iPad app that is basically a wireless “slate” for the SmartBoard. It is a remote and has wonderful response time. So, I will probably have one group working the problem out on the SmartBoard using the iPad as other groups are whiteboarding. More than likely, I will freeze the SmartBoard so students can work.

Another strategy I want to use is Polls Everywhere for quick checks where students will text in their answers to questions.

I am looking for suggestions to create more student led experiences for my students, even in the Calculus class. I am excited to be Whiteboarding this year and excited to continue to read blog posts on how well it goes.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Blaise Johnson
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 03:31:11

    Thanks for sharing your ideas here. I am also looking for more student led activities. I will keep an eye on how you use your whiteboards. Good luck with your online start up on Monday.


  2. Fawn Nguyen
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 16:20:43

    Hey there, I’m so glad you took on the blog challenge!! I wasn’t assigned to curate yours on my blog but found my way here from Rachel’s purpleprontopups site! I’m gonna do whiteboarding too!! (I better be, must remind principal that he said yes to my request for funds last month!)

    Splashtop is one I haven’t tried. I have ShowMe, Educreations, and Explain Everything, all good apps, but I think I’m sticking with EE as it has a lot of features.


    • pitoinfinity
      Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:23:15

      I am going to try out some of the ones you mnetioned.

      I am glad you stopped by. I have been nervous to start, but figured I could add something to post every few days. It was for me to be a more reflective teacher. I love it!


    • borschtwithanna
      Aug 25, 2012 @ 19:38:41

      Fawn, Splashtop isn’t for recording video – it allows for wireless streaming from an iPad to a SmartBoard. So someone is working out the problem on an iPad using a stylus or whatever, and their work is being projected to the SmartBoard in real time. It’s pretty snazzy.


  3. rachelrosales
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:06:22

    Could you just use a hot glue gun to glue the pom pom’s to the markers? Ironically, someone just sent me a picture of this idea today.


  4. druinok
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 15:27:30

    I am also eager to hear more about how whiteboarding works for you. I love the idea and plan to steal @KellyOShea’s “Mistake Game” as soon as I get my whiteboards made. Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. mslcbillings
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 19:54:31

    I used smaller (8×12) whiteboards last year for formative assessment of concepts and of steps in processes in my high school pre-algebra class. I really liked that I could get that whole class response.

    Smooth transitions come from clear expectations and practice. I did have to explicitly teach the students how to use them, since they apparently hadn’t used them since grade school. They also had to be reminded every time about the appropriate use of the white boards (I saw a lot of comments and sketches that weren’t appropriate).

    I hope to expand to the “Mistake Game” this year, too. It sounds like so much fun and such a great way to get them thinking! I don’t have a Smartboard taking up space, but I only have one chalkboard 😦 I am hoping that whiteboarding will make up for that lack of share space.

    Thanks for sharing. I will be following how you make out and sharing my successes (or failures).


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