The ABC of ELT

All about White/chalkboards

As I have posted previously I had become aware that my board work could use some improving.

The way this awareness was raised was firstly a previous acknowledgement during my CELTA about handwriting and ensuring words were written in a ledgable manner. Then, via reading Teaching Unplugged

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 and the comment that Board work is an essential aspect of Unplugged teaching. In addition from reading a couple of blogs I was recently made aware of that showed pictures of their own board work and it made me think about how removed their’s were from my own. Finally I had a lesson on Modal verbs where the fluency activity was to create classroom rules and a comment was made about my boardwork [specifically the size]

The strangest thing about looking at the other teachers board work was that I could easily identify the topics that had been covered, the collections that had emerged as well vocab and grammar. All this despite not having attended the lesson and before reading the topic and format of the lesson.

This made me think, “Am I making it easy or hard for my students, how can I make things easier for students to process my boardwork and take reflections out of the lesson.”

As such I’m going to put some ideas up on Board work in a few posts as to the how, why, when, etc of Board work starting with the why [as this of course impacts the rest.]

1. Why use a whiteboard?
2. 5 tips when writing on a board


About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

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