The New Whiteboard

I like to have a spot in my office that I can just scribble out ideas. Sometimes my brain kind of explodes, so it’s nice to have a spot to focus the explosion. Or gather those pieces to make sense of another day.

Rather than collecting a bajillion post it notes all over my office, I kind of like the idea of a white board I could scribble on with different colored markers. There is even paint you can buy to make a DIY whiteboard. Eh, cool, but I’m not really that crafty. Besides, having a big, white, board thing taking up a lot of wall space is, well, kinda ugly. And to get a smart board, those are $pendy.

So here’s what I did: I made a glass board. I got a large piece of glass, a little package of mirror mounts from a hardware store, and installed it on my wall. Okay, you’re thinking, “sure, large pieces of glass are just super easy to come by”. Well, kinda. I actually went on safari in our church basement and found some large pieces of “art” that had been donated when a hotel closed. So imagine budget hotel art from the eighties. We weren’t going to use the picture, but I sure could use pieces. I used the frame for a different project I’ll share about another time. I was left with this huge piece of glass. So look around your space and see if there are things you can “repurpose”. Or ask others. Or check garage sales.

This could also make a really cool response station for your students.  Even if you kept it in the frame (minus the gross eighties artwork) then hung it on the wall.  Additionally, a person could use a smaller version in their home.  It would make a great family center to write notes or schedules on.

Whiteboard? or Brain Exploding Board!

Whiteboard? or Brain Exploding Board!

Rather than dry erase markers, you need to use the wet erase type. Like overhead markers. Yes, they still make them. I got a package with a nice selection of colors, so my little brain could explode in multiple colors. The other cool thing, you can slide other papers you may want to display behind the glass. Then write and draw around them. Then erase. Then let your brain explode all over again. So. Cool.

Happy brain exploding!

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