Making Individual Student Whiteboards for the Classroom Making Individual Student Whiteboards for the Classroom

What You'll Need
Large sheet of shower board (approximately 4 feet by 4 feet)
Utility knife
Tape measure
Pencils
Sandpaper with a low grit
Wooden frame pieces
Hammer and nails
White board paint
Paint brushes

Although many teachers have expanded their teaching methods to include more recent technological developments, there are still many benefits to using individual student whiteboards in class. They allow a teacher to individually check student work so that progress can be monitored consistently. The fact that they are fully erasable makes it easy to reuse them for later projects. Additionally, it's easy and inexpensive to make your own student whiteboards. Read on for a brief guide on how to create a set for your students.

Step 1 -- Measure Out the Shower Board for Cutting

Lay out the piece of shower board in an area where it can rest on the ground. Use the tape measure to measure out pieces that are 8 inches by 12 inches. This will produce a total of 24 student whiteboards, although you can adjust the size of the whiteboard as necessary and depending upon how many students you're making them for.

Mark lines of where to cut the larger piece of shower board with the pencil.

Step 2 -- Cut the Shower Board

Use the utility knife to cut out the shower board along the lines that you drew in the previous step. Examine the edges of the shower board pieces for roughness and pointed edges. If you see any, use a fine grit sandpaper to sand down the edges. This will help to prevent the risk of injury and other problems with the boards when students use them.

Step 3 -- Paint the Boards

While some types of shower board will work as natural white board surfaces, it helps to paint the surface of each of the boards with a specialized white board paint. This paint will allow you to use the boards in exactly the same way as a wall-mounted white board.

Use a paint brush to carefully paint over the entire surface of each board. Allow the paint to dry fully, then cover the surface of each board with a second coat of paint. Allow this to dry as well before you begin the next step.

Step 4 -- Attach Frames

Although it's optional, many teachers find that it's beneficial to add frames to the white boards. Use small strips of wood to do that. Using small nails, hammer the strips of wood into the edges of the white board and be careful to bend back the sharp tips of the nails so that they don't pose a danger to your students.

Test out the white boards with different types of white board dry-erase markers. Be sure to also purchase several erasers for use in the classroom as well. Some white board paints can also be cleaned off with a paper towel. By taking good care of the boards, you'll help to extend their usefulness.

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