Group whiteboarding has changed how I teach mathematics. It has also changed how students operate as a community of mathematicians.
Since ordering my first set of large whiteboards, our department has ordered four times again, and given workshops to the division’s mathematics teachers. (For a tour through my whiteboarding history, start here: mini whiteboards)
My running motto has become,
“Whiteboards give me more than eight-and-a-half by eleven ideas”
This, coupled with the assertion that you can’t expect limitless ideas with limited innovation space, caused me to think bigger. This is the result.
Whiteboard paint from the HomeDepot coupled with ebay’d Washi Tape creates a new innovation space across my back wall. The new ultra-large whiteboard opens up opportunities for larger groups and impromptu collaboration as one group comments on the work now presented in plain sight.
It also accommodates students who need some movement while thinking.
Three pictures of the completed project:
For some reason, it makes the room feel larger. It encourages collaboration, curiosity, and conjecture. Next stop, find a classroom made entirely of dry erase surface. (probably a harder sell).