Me, not so much. I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love that they allow me to SEE what my students are doing DURING the lesson. I hate the mess they leave behind on our impossibly hard to clean light gray desk tops. I love that my students are more engaged during the lessons with the mini white boards. I hate the marker parade - when they march back and forth to the marker box to get a marker that works better. And I absolutely despise the noise they make (clack, clack, clack) during the passing out and collecting transitions.
Well, I haven't solved the problem of the markers drying up during the lessons, but I think I came up with a better idea for storage that will alleviate the CLACK-CLACK-CLACK of the boards.
Yesterday while I was reorganizing my classroom, I came to the mini-white boards and it hit me! After reading Alison's series on going paperless @ her Eberopolis blog, I decided to eliminate paper from the morning math warm-up for next year. I was moving them to another location to try to make them easier to pass out every morning, to a few shelves below the reward tub. In my reward tub were several of those stretchy book covers, and BAM! Noise and traffic problem solved!
They fit over the larger boards! It is a little snug, but definitely doable. With the boards covered, they can store them in their desks (which are open wire baskets, and they are not allowed to leave anything in them) and the boards will not get scratched. And the covers will cut down on the CLACKing! No more students dropping the boards as they pass out or collect. No more traffic jam at the shelf.
We just got these smaller (and more flimsy) boards last year. The book covers fit over them super easy. The problem is that I only have a pack of 30. So, if I can go on a scavenger hunt and track down another pack, I would feel comfortable using these for next year.
I am going to keep both sets for now, and I will have the students try the smaller ones next year. Something tells me that they will like the larger ones because they are an actual BOARD, making them more versatile for lap work on the floor. I think my brilliant idea will work...what do you think?
Well, I am off to another day of organizing. If you are still in school, have fun with your students over the next few days! If you are on vacation, relax!