Chalkboards, blackboards, dry erase boards, flip charts and other variations are useful for synthesizing discussions or activities for the entire class.
What kind of information would you write on the board?
- Name of the course, your name and email.
- A brief outline of the session.
- A list of sample topics for a course assignment.
- The steps in a process (e.g. how to find scholarly articles for a paper).
- Input from student brainstorming sessions or discussion activities.
- Questions that you want to answer later in the session.
- Keep the amount you write to a minimum - too much detail obscures your message.
- Print in clear, straight letters that will be large enough to see from the back of the room.
- Keep the board clean.
- Leave white space on the board to separate ideas.
- Use bullets for lists of ideas.
- Organize your content to enable students to make visual connections.
- Face the students when you are not writing on the board.
- Note how much of the board is visible to students.
- Write introductory information, such as your name and email, before students arrive to leave more time for the presentation and activities.