As a teacher, you already know how important it is to immerse students in print and probably already make a habit of displaying brightly-colored text and graphics in your classroom. You have probably also discovered that children love the opportunity to draw or write on your whiteboard. While you may provide opportunities for students to take charge and use the whiteboard, that often means less room for your own notes for the day. There is an easy solution to the problem: you can transform nearly any surface into a custom whiteboard with Post-it® Dry Erase Surface Sheets and Rolls. Try these tricks for creating writing and drawing spaces for your students without giving up your classroom whiteboard.
At the Desk
Stick individual Post-it Dry Erase Sheets to student desks, or cover classroom tables using larger sheets, to give little ones their own dry erase surface for drawing, writing or note taking. While early elementary students will enjoy using the sheet over and over to draw new pictures or practice penmanship, you can use them to monitor understanding with older students as you can quickly view student notes as you walk around the room, or ask students to perform individual tasks during a lesson.
Because Post-it Dry Erase Sheets are easy-to-apply with their sticky backing and remove easily without leaving any residue, students can transform a window into a beautiful work of art. If your classroom features a wall of windows, you can recapture some of that space for displaying student work.
Cover a Bulletin Board, Old Dry Erase Boards and Out-Dated Chalkboards
If your current dry erase board is stained and has seen better days, covering it with Dry Erase Sheets is a convenient and economical way to update your classroom. Rolls from 2 by 3 feet up to 4 by 50 feet can cover existing areas to create a fresh new board for classroom use. These easy-to-apply sheets are less expensive than a new board and you don’t need to remove the existing board. Not only does this save you time and money it the classroom, it also eliminates filling landfills with the discarded boards.
Dry Erase Sheets applied to the classroom door give you the perfect opportunity to welcome guests to your classroom or can be used to make announcements for the day where students will see them as the enter to the room. While young students will enjoy cute graphics and fun sayings that tie to the day’s lessons, older students benefit from quick reminders, such as when projects and assignments are due, or new info about an up-coming event.
Post-it Dry Erase Sheets allow you to transform your classroom and add writing and drawing surfaces in nearly any area. You can even cover file cabinets, backs of bookcases and the sides of cabinets to help immerse your students in reading and writing.
Can you think of more creative ways in which a teachers or students can use Post-it Dry Erase surfaces to enhance collaboration or save space in the classroom? If so, please share them with us – we would love to hear them!