Using the whiteboard in a classroom seems pretty easy, but some pre-planning over how you are going to use it can improve the delivery of your lesson.
There are some basics ideas that it’s good to keep in mind:
-never talk to the board, always write the point and then turn so you can address the class when you talk
-print large enough that everyone can see
-check the markers and erasers at the start of class (just ask the Registration Desk if you need replacements)
In using the board, plan out the location of materials that you are going to put on the board:
-assignment instructions, if being listed on the board, should stay visible for the whole class
-make use of a “parking lot” – a space for ideas or questions that don’t quite fit the moment but are worth coming back to later.
-have an active space for materials that you are currently discussing, then clearing off for the next piece – but erase it only have you are sure everyone got the points down!
-terms or learning outcomes can be listed on the board either at the start of the class or as they are encountered so students can see the progression during the day
-put the agenda for the day up, students can see progress over the class and queue to the topic if they miss something said aloud
-identify items that need to be put up in advance, like tables or formulas, so that you aren’t loosing time or momentum during the class
-write student responses to questions on the board to ensure everyone knows the answer and that you heard the answer correctly
-think about a structure for the board in advance, divide the space up so that you can use it effectively and consistently week to week. Like consistency in slide design, students will come to recognize the connection between items if they appear in groups on the board from class to class
-think about using colours for a purpose: terms are in green, formulas in red for example
The whiteboard is a teaching aid. Like any teaching aid, thinking about it’s use in the class and how it improve the lesson delivery is an important part of prepping for class.