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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.

Board tips:

  • 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.