3 Fun Activities for Mini Whiteboards
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As teachers, we rely on many different resources to help us through our lessons. Interactive whiteboards, audio-visual equipment, realia, the internet – the list goes on and on, but we shouldn’t forget about the trusty, traditional weapon of choice for teachers over the years. Flashcards and board games have been entertaining EFL students for as long as we can remember, and, of course, our trusty whiteboards.
In most of our EFL classrooms, we have a whiteboard of some kind. It may be the old-fashioned chalkboard (a blackboard, if you’re old enough to remember those!) or it could be a new interactive whiteboard. Whatever it is, it is sure to be a very important piece of equipment in your classroom as a teaching tool.
Teachers need whiteboards for so many things: for the all-important presentation stage of a lesson, to write down any language that comes up in the lesson, to record the date, to play games, and to note down errors, just to name a few. Writing on a whiteboard takes practice but once you get the hang of it and your handwriting is neat and legible and you use colour cleverly, it can be a thing of beauty.
Not surprisingly then, have you noticed how much your students love to use the whiteboard too?
Whether it’s drawing pictures for games like Pictionary, brainstorming phrases, or categorising vocabulary, students seem to love standing at the front of the class using the board. Maybe it makes them feel a bit like the teacher, maybe it’s a power trip, or maybe they enjoy being creative, but whatever the reason, the majority of students enjoy writing on a whiteboard. It makes sense, then, to put this enthusiasm to good use.
Which is why we have mini whiteboards.
(Okay, it may not be the reason why they were invented, but we’ll adapt them for our own purposes.)
Mini whiteboards are exactly what you think they are. They are miniature versions of big whiteboards; basically, A4-size boards which can be written on with whiteboard markers and wiped clean. And if you don’t have a few of these in your classroom, make a plan and get some (or make some!), because here are some fun activities for mini whiteboards you can use in the classroom.
There are quite a few variations of this mini whiteboard game and they are all effective and enjoyable.
The class is divided into pairs or groups and each team is given a whiteboard. The teacher describes a recent vocabulary item and the students must write the word on their mini whiteboard. After a certain amount of time, the teams must flip over their boards at the same time. Each correct team is awarded a point.
An alternative version includes the teacher drawing the target language on the board and the students writing down the English word for it – but the success of this depends on the artistic talents of the teacher!
Read more: Our Favourite Vocabulary Games
At the beginning of a new topic, instead of introducing or discussing the theme, let the students brainstorm the topic on their whiteboards. Brainstorming should be a very free activity so don’t give too many instructions, but give the students time to write down words or phrases or even draw pictures related to the topic. Let this be done in pairs so that each student can get a turn using the whiteboard. Afterward, the groups can compare their whiteboards and explain their mindmaps.
This can also be a useful activity as a needs analysis for a new class. Students can draw a mindmap of their English goals and learning styles and explain them to their partners, while the teacher monitors and takes notes for planning purposes.
This is a great activity to review a particular grammar structure you have been working on. Hand out the whiteboards to teams of two or more students. On the big class whiteboard, write down the elements you need in a sentence – anything you want. For example, 9 words, 1 phrasal verb, 2 prepositions, the present perfect. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. The teams must write a sentence including all of those items. The first team to complete a sentence according to your specifications (and it has been checked by you) is the winner.
Mini whiteboards are a great addition to any EFL classroom. They are small, easy to store, and easily available for a quick activity when you have a few spare minutes.
In fact, mini whiteboards are so useful and there are actually so many whiteboard games you can play in the EFL classroom that we thought we’d add in a bonus game for you! When it comes to thinking of fun activities for mini whiteboards, you can be as creative as you want, and your students will thank you for it!
Divide the students into pairs. Each pair must have a whiteboard. Give the class a topic, such as your weekend plans, a secret, or the last book I read, or you could give the students the first sentence, such as What are you up to this weekend?, Did you hear about Sarah? or I have just finished the best book!. The students must take turns to have a “conversation” about that topic or starting with that line on their boards. They do this by writing a sentence or two and handing the board to their partner who must write another sentence or two to continue the conversation. In this way, the conversations mimic real-life conversations on social media or Whatsapp. While they are writing, the teacher monitors and notes down any mistakes which can be looked at afterward, in a delayed error correction activity.
Read more: Effective Error Correction
So you see, mini whiteboards can be very useful tools in the EFL classroom. With so many ideas of fun activities for mini whiteboards, why not add them to your arsenal of teaching instruments! Bring them out every once in a while, to add something different to your usual teaching activities.
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by Everything TEFL Ltd but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that Everything TEFL Ltd securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to Everything TEFL Ltd collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think Everything TEFL Ltd has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the Everything TEFL Ltd processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.