Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Go to Home Depot or Lowe's. Go to the trim section. You're looking for something what goes by a couple of names: melamine, shower board, or white panel board--I asked an associate that I needed melamine, and he asked if I was making a shelf. Let them know you want the thin kid, because you can buy it super thick. Then, ask the employees to cut it into squares--one sheet made 32 12x12 squares for me. It costed $13! That's it!
Don't believe the myths!
I've heard (and read online) that you can't necessarily use panel board as a normal dry erase board--wrong. You can write on it and erase it just like dry erase board!
Since I use these constantly, I bought long, black socks at dollar general. I put one dry erase marker in the sock and tie it to the desk. I leave an individual white board under each desk so students don't have to get it and spend 10 minutes getting boards, markers, socks, where are the markers?, I don't have a sock, I want that white board!, This marker doesn't work, Señor P why are you banging your head against the wall?
Best White board tip EVER
Ever use a white board that looks perpetually stained? Or that you have to clean daily? You erase the board, but can see everything you just erased? I'm no dry erase engineer, but I do know one thing: the board needs to be greased down. Now, I don't mean like 40-year-old smokers on the beach kind of grease. If you noticed, white boards have a slick, slightly oily top layer. Once a white board becomes stain-proned, you may noticed that it doesn't feel slick anymore. How do you fix it? Pour some baby oil into your board cleaner and shake. Then, when you clean it, a little bit of the oil will be replenished and your board will be renewed.
¡OJO! Don't use hard cleaners on a white board, like clorox. Use expo cleaner. Harsh cleaners strip that oily layer off the board and makes it hard to erase.
Happy Dry Eras...ing