Friday, October 14, 2011

Dry Erase Desks?

 I thought I would take the time to share one of my favorite secrets with everyone. I use dry erase boards a lot during math and sometimes I just don't have the time to drag out my student white boards, markers, and erasers. To help with this problem I often let my students use their desks as their dry erase boards. Yes I said desks. My kids LOVE the fact they get the write on their desks. On a side note, I always go over the rules; we are only allowed to draw on our desks when we have permission and only with dry eraser markers. This secret really works. I promise. I have even taken it a step further and have drawn on my teacher table during small groups. It works just the same. I have found over the years of doing this that newer markers work best and some colors are better than others when it comes to leaving residue. The student's desks allow the students to have a larger working area. It works great when we are working with manipulatives. If any residue is left after erasing, a good Clorox Wipe (or any wet wipe) will take it right off. Here are a few pictures to show you what I am talking about. I hope everyone enjoys this tip. Happy Blogging!

BTW: I do know the ones place says 9 and there are only 2 units. My student hadn't finished placing her units when I took this picture. :)

2. A little residue was left after erasing.

1. Using our desks to work on making numbers

3. Good as new after using a wet wipe!


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  2. What a great idea! Thanks for the tip.

  3. We do this too! Although it is a bit messy, the kids absolutely love it and a wet wipe gets rid of the remaining marker.

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  6. What a great idea! I love your blog! Lots of great ideas. :)

  7. If only my desks were not dark brown....having light colored desk envy! Just found and followed your blog.

    Chickadee Jubilee

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  10. Thanks for sharing. This idea will save so much time.

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  12. Wow, cool idea! So glad to have found your blog! I'm new to the blogging world... would love for you to stop by...


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    Blog Award-Thank You!

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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  17. What an awesome tip! Thanks!

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  18. I'm so disappointed! Our school was just informed that we are no longer allowed to write on the desks because "long term use will damage the surfaces of what is being written on…apparently the markers eat the finish away."

    Has anyone experienced finish on the desk being ruined over a period of time? Just wondering if this is a valid issue or an un-warranted complaint. Thoughts, please.