Recent whiteboard work

I mentioned a few whiteboard tips this time last year. I should probably follow my own advice, because my recent whiteboard work has been a bit shoddy.

I’ve been taking some pictures of my recent boards. I won’t post them up in full – I’m embarrassed that I actually make quite a few spelling mistakes. I’m working on that.

Here’s a snippet of one though… this made me chuckle. It must have been an interesting gap year this student was having…

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Haha!

Among the abundance of scribbles and poor organisation, I have come across a few useful things. Obviously, if you’re taking pictures of your own board then you consciously try to make things neat or clear – some of these are recent things I’ve tried out so do let me know if you think they’re a bit rubbish!

Marking opposites

I’m surprised I didn’t mention this in my first post. I do this quite a lot though.

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I observed a teacher years ago who used that ‘not equal to’ sign to show opposites. I’m not sure it’s right but I’m now in the habit of doing it and students know what I mean!!!

Marking affixation

I normally do this to raise awareness of word building patterns. What do you think?

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Drawings

I’m getting better. Paul Millard would be pleased.

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Please share any tips you have, I’m always looking to improve my whiteboard work 🙂

For more tips, check out this awesome board from Anthony Ash.

I’m writing a series of short posts in response to Martin Sketchley’s blog challenge. You can view his new blog here.

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6 comments

  1. Ah the good old not equal sign. I’ve used this and also this to mean ‘opposite’. I’ve been meaning to do some posts on board work. I love seeing how other teachers approach it so as soon as I’m back in the classroom I’ll publish a response post to this!

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  2. Nice stuff! I like it. Also, the link you posted had a very cool idea of scribbling colours to demonstrate what they mean when next to the word. Like it! Something I usually do is write grammar awareness on the right hand side and mistakes I hear during the lesson I jot down and we discuss, correct it then if I hear it again I show them that they corrected them self before so there is no excuse ! Ha. Thanks for your post.

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