#42 Don't clean your mini-whiteboard!
Train students so all that valuable data is not lost
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💡 A tip to try in class this week 💡
Here is a super quick tip to improve mini-whiteboard use. Whilst students’ boards are still in the air, say to them: In a moment I am going to ask you to put your boards down. When I do, do not clean your board!
It is a natural human reaction to reach for the duster as soon as the mini-whiteboard lands back on the desk. Students assume that once they have shown their answer, then their answer has served its purpose. Also, if a student senses from glancing at the boards of their peers that their answer is wrong, then they are likely to be in a hurry to get rid of their work.
But that makes whatever you plan to do next so much more difficult. You can no longer:
Ask students to place their boards between them and their partner to compare their answers
Borrow the boards of two students to compare in front of the whole class
Place a board under the visualiser
Warm Call a student and ask them to take you through their thinking
There is so much valuable data contained on mini-whiteboards that students need to be trained to fight against their instincts and leave their work untouched until you tell them otherwise.
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