Joined: 19 Oct 2011
Writing on the Desks!
You have to try this idea!
Let your students write on their desks using dry erase markers. Yes, that's right. Ditch the pencil and paper and let them write, draw and create on their desks or tables. Don't worry it comes off.
I tried this a year ago and was amazed at how much more engaged my students became when I let them work math problems on their desks. I was tired of wasting time getting paper out and sharpening pencils so I said "just write on your tables using markers."
The kids were like "really?" I played it up and said "just don't tell the principal."
So we began working out problems, writing short responses during reading, drawing science concepts--all on the tables. Something happens when you let the students do that. It just makes the work more fun, I guess. I had a fourth-grade teacher try the idea and tell me the kids no longer groaned when it was time to do math.
At the end of the day, I have the students whose job is to work as the classroom custodians, go around and wipe down the tables so I don't create work for our custodial staff. It also teaches the kids to clean up after themselves.
So what are you waiting for? Start drawing on the desks!