Our school was built in 1940 and has a lot of charm…but also some inconveniences. One of the biggest is the chalkboards. I have two huuuuge, long chalkboards in my classroom. This is just part of one chalkboard that runs along the wall near the entrance (please excuse the mess, I am cleaning up in between workshops this week).
The schoolteacher in me thinks the chalkboards are cool and they are kind of antique-y. But the realist in me knows that I need whiteboards for the computer projector…plus they’re just cleaner.
Thanks to the wonderful teachers over at Proteacher, I learned that you can get huge sheets of showerboard at Lowe’s or Home Depot–and they work just great for whiteboards!
They are sooo cheap too, like $12 a piece (I think). I use a Magic Eraser to erase them and it takes the marker off really easily. A vinegar and water mix cleans them up nicely as well.
And (as if it couldn’t get any better) they aren’t hard to install…Velcro holds them securely all year!
They sometimes have a rough-looking edge, but that can be covered with a border/trimmer or (my personal favorite) electrical tape…
I know many teachers know this already, but I thought I would share…just in case. Showerboards have really helped transform my classroom and teaching. I’ve been using them for years now and they are fantastic!
Do you have chalkboards or whiteboards? Or showerboards??