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Whiteboarding Tips 2/4: The Circle Method

In this method, students display their whiteboards in a circle. If the configuration of your class allows it, all groups hold their whiteboards up at their tables so all students can see all whiteboards as they look around the classroom. The circle method works well if your students are predicting something that can be drawn […]


Whiteboarding Tips 1/4: The Museum or Gallery Walk Method

In a museum or gallery walk, student groups line up their whiteboards, propping them against the wall or on a chair. All students walk past each whiteboard and discuss what they see. This gives all students a chance to view and discuss everyone’s work. The groups then come together as a class and discuss their observations. The whole-class discussion may […]

Getting Students Prepped for Whiteboarding

Excerpts from an article written by Casey Zahner, Tom Struckmann, Amy Campbell, Christie Ortiz and Jackie Neeley, all 9th grade Physics First teachers in Missouri high schools. Whiteboarding may not be intutive for students. It is useful to address potential problems at the beginning of the year and repeat classroom expectations as the year progresses. Problems include: Partners do not equally […]

What works and what doesn’t for Whiteboarding

As your students start whiteboarding during class, it is worthwhile establishing some rules, and providing guidelines to help them develop whiteboarding skills. Erekson suggests the following Dos and Don’ts: Do Don’t Include names of team members Include lengthy data tables Place a title on the whiteboard Include extreme detail (e.g., into graphs) Sketch the findings (e.g. graph of experimental results) […]

Why use whiteboards in a classroom?

Whiteboards, or small dry erase boards, allow students to work collaboratively in small groups, and present their thinking in a visual way as part of the learning process. Using whiteboards, students working in groups can “report out” to the entire class. More than one student can contribute to the group’s whiteboard, so students can easily fix their errors, […]