Big Whiteboard Brainwave – Everyone’s Invited!

September 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

Kids really love writing on whiteboards. Why? Who knows, but they really do, it’s more than just sniffing the markers. With the small whiteboards, one kid in the group does the writing and the others contribute. Interactive, yes, but even better is bigger.

A huge whiteboard that takes up most of the table, where everyone has a pen and all can write around a big central question like “What is Science” or “To do to make our ___ project happen” or whatever you’d like students to think about, plan, reactivate their prior knowledge of and for you to see where they are. And then take a picture when they are done to save their thoughts, or to contrast with how much they know by the end of the year etc.

The conversation around the tables was more animated and real than usual – they were trying to avoid repeating each other’s ideas about ‘What is Science?’ Most respected each others’ space on the board. After a little thinking and writing, time to get up and see what others wrote and add to theirs. Then time for the picture, a quick sum up and move on. The question ‘What is Science’ still hanging but at least examined at the start of the year.


BTW I got the whiteboards from the cheap shower backing masonite at Best Buy for about $13.85 a sheet, which they kindly cut into thirds. 7th Gr. What is Science Big Boards IMG_1332 IMG_1333 IMG_1334 IMG_1335 IMG_1336 IMG_1337 IMG_1338 IMG_1339 IMG_1340 IMG_1341 IMG_1342 IMG_1343 IMG_1344 IMG_1345 IMG_1346 IMG_1347 IMG_1348 IMG_1349 IMG_1350 IMG_1351 IMG_1352 IMG_1354 IMG_1355 IMG_1356 IMG_1358 IMG_1359 IMG_1360 IMG_1361 IMG_1362 IMG_1363 IMG_1364 IMG_1365  IMG_1368 IMG_1369 IMG_1370 IMG_1371 IMG_1372

A couple of interesting conceptions about science from students:

  • That ‘science is everything’. Rather too general and too polarizing for the whole religion vs science debate, as opposed to religion AND science (my preference).
  • Science is fun came up for many. How cool. Good job to elementary and 6th grade science teachers!

Entry filed under: Inquiry and critical thinking, Project Based Learning, Reflections, Starting the School Year, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , .

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