The Board Is My Canvas

I use an interactive whiteboard for my classes. The majority of the time, this is a bit frustrating. They turn off at random. The software we use to write on the board is buggy. At times, the videos and audio I want to play just won’t do it.

But occasionally, the board becomes the tool it is supposed to be. Two hours of work transforms my class into abstract modern art.

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Phonics, Friday 9-12

The classes are of various levels. I don’t know if my best artwork comes from the high-level classes or the lowest level ones. The hight level classes are amalgamations of words that seem random, but are all held together by a common thread. Like this class, about Artificial Intelligence.

High School Level Class, Saturday Afternoon
High School Level Class, Saturday Afternoon

The class zooms in and out like a Prezi, but with the board and my messy handwriting.

Same class about A.I.
Same class about A.I.

I often have random words on the board, because someone has asked me to spell it.

Intensive Writing Course, Mondays
Intensive Writing Course, Mondays

Some low-level classes are clean and don’t require much in the way of spelling or scribbling ‘ICMBs’ on the corner of a discussion.

Kindergarten Class, Wednesday Afternoons
Kindergarten Class, Wednesday Afternoons

I have a rule in my elementary class. Three stars = one sticker. Six stars = two stickers. Fifteen stars = five stickers. And the one with the most stickers at the end of two months is the winner of a prize. Stars are awarded for answering questions, finishing work, getting the most points of a group quiz, or following the class rules during a test. It works pretty well!

Elementary test rules
Elementary test rules

Some classes get messy for this, when the students are especially keen.

Second-grade level class, Friday afternoons
Second-grade level class, Friday afternoons

And of course, there is the occasional cameo appearance for Jack Sparrow during a pronunciation exercise.

The Chaos, a poem I force my high-level students to read
The Chaos, a poem I force my high-level students to read

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