Exploiting your whiteboard record

Published on 19th March, 2010 in Teaching Tips by Frances Watkins

By the time your lessons draw to a close, you probably have a list of new words on your board which have been put up during the lesson. I usually write mine down the right-hand side of the board. Often these words can be exploited both to revisit them, and also to round off the lesson in an engaging way.

Here are a few ideas that can be used at all levels:

– As your students are working on an activity, remove the vowels from all the words on your board. At the end of the lesson, challenge students to rewrite the list of words accurately.

– Ask students to work in pairs to try and remember the meaning of the new words, in turn. Then nominate individuals to give an explanation of any word they choose, and/or an example sentence. If they are correct, then rub off the target item, so that gradually the board is cleaned.

– If you have several words on the board, give students 2 minutes to try to memorise the list. Divide the class into 2 teams and send one representative from each team out of the room. Remove one of the words on the board. The team reps try to work out which word is missing and the first person to say the word gets a point for their team. To make this more difficult, you can change the order too.

– Form two teams and give a representative from each of the two teams a board pen (different colours). Define one of the words without saying which one. Students race to circle the appropriate one, thus gaining a point for their team. Then they pass the pens on to the next team member.

1 Comment

  • Here’s another idea for interactive whiteboard users. Save your digital annotations and print a copy or email it to a group of 3/4 students. It will be their task to get the class started the next time you see them. And it will be up to them to create a 5 to 10 minute activity to go with the words you saved (hangman, charades, pictionary, etc. The students take it in turns to prepare for you the first 5 to 10 minutes of each lesson.

    Daniel Martin on 20 March, 2010