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Course Books and Materials: Use of the Wipe Board

Course Books and Materials: Use of the Wipe Board | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Let's have a look at our top tips when using the wipeboard.

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  1. Clean Board

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that we should start with a clean board. Students have a tendency to read what is on the board, so if anything has to be pre-written, cover it up with paper until it is needed.

  1. Board Plan

Secondly it's always very useful to make a board plan so that you know where things are going to appear on the board by the end of your lesson. It is very simple to do a board plan, just take a sheet of paper which is similar in shape to the board that you're going to use. Then onto that piece of paper decide where all the information that's going onto your board is going to be by the time that you've finished. So a very simple board plan shows where the information is going to be.

  1. Tables and Columns

It is very useful if you make use of tables and columns to separate different areas of your work. This can be a very efficient way of putting a lot on information into a small space.

  1. Colors

You can use color for the same effect as above. So by starting with a clean board decide on which areas of that board are going to be used for your various types of information and then within those areas, use of different colors for different types of information.

  1. Essential Information

It is important that you only put the essential information needed by the students on the board. They will have a tendency to copy everything down that you put on there, so make sure that you only use the board for essential information.

  1. Print and Separate Letters

When you're writing on the board is very important that you use print and that you separate all of the letters. The use of cursive script, no matter how neat you may be, will lead to student errors when copying.

  1. Clear the Board

As soon as any information is no longer required on the whiteboard then clear it away. It is often not useful to try and get the whole lesson to fit onto a single board. So if a lot of information is required your board plan may need two sheets. You will therefore need to clean the board and start again at some stage during the lesson.

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