On the eve of Earth Day, I thought it would be a fitting time to reflect on our newest innovation in our classroom: whiteboard desks.
This is a project I envisioned last summer, when I had a three-day professional development at the Stanford d.school (design school) and saw their whiteboard room. While many things came out of that PD (duct tape wallets/coat/ties, brainstorming in inquiry groups, prototyping behavior plans and lessons), the whiteboard dream was definitely the most ambitious.
After getting the paint (IdeaPaint) funded on DonorsChoose.org, I tested the plan with my guided reading table, classroom door, and three desks. The test phase went very well. Wear-and-tear was minimal, student engagement was increased as was their production. I took my first few hours of Spring Break to paint all the desks and left them to dry over the break. This has been the first week with everyone using their whiteboard desks and it has definitely encouraged a lot more writing!
Poetry, letters to parents for Open House, math problems, and even brainstorming ideas for our games project with Rock Our World. We’ll see tomorrow if we can go paperless for the day and use our whiteboards in even more innovative ways!