For this week's #myfavfriday I wanted to share two of my favorite tips that have made using my white board oh so much better!
Tip # 1. Keep your dry erase markers in a container with the tip down. Seriously. I used to keep my dry erase markers on the ledge of the board and would have to throw out markers constantly because they would run out of ink. A few years ago I noticed that a colleague of mine kept his in a separate container and always kept the tip of the marker pointing down. When I asked him why he did that he told me that it made the markers last longer. Now instead of going through about a pack of markers a month I can usually make it through the year with only two packs (packs of 12) TOTAL!!!
I'm also super OCD about keeping the markers tip down and my students always question my sanity when I'm all "YOU PUT THE MARKER AWAY WRONGGGGG!!!!!" They have even taken my craziness about the markers to another level and have made other teachers start keeping their markers with the tip down!
Tip # 2. Use a car washing cloth as an eraser. There is nothing worse than the smudgy leftover disgustingness (I don't care if that's not a word) after using those erasers meant for dry erase boards...they shouldn't even be allowed to call them erasers! Instead, I use a terrycloth car washing rag as my eraser. By using these cloths I never have to wash my board and it's always super white!!
Now, I'm not talking about anything fancy here, not those microfiber towels or anything like that, I'm talking about the cheapest, white, terrycloth rags that come in like packs of 12. I bought a pack of them for maybe 5 bucks about 4 or 5 years ago and I still haven't had to buy new ones. They do end up looking a little gross after a while, but they still work just as well and the marker stays on the cloth.
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