Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tried It Tuesday: Shower Boards

Happy Tuesday! Time to link up with my sweetest friend Holly for her Tried It Tuesday!
This linky is great because it's basically like reviews of what works and what doesn't at your fingertips!
http://fourthgradeflipper.blogspot.com/2014/01/tried-it-tuesday-new-years-resolutions.html
I've always had a class set of dry erase boards, but this last set I've had for about 8 years and they were tired looking! I use my boards or my student desks almost every day, but I didn't want to spend over a $100 on a new set so......I finally TRIED the shower board!
You know my husband works at Lowe's, but I've never tried it! LOL! Honestly, I wasn't sure how well they'd work, so I was hesitant, but then I thought for less than $15, it's worth a try!!!
Here they are:
 
What do you notice about that beautiful border?? My sweet, favorite childhood teacher (Mrs. Barnette) helped me wrap these babies!
The duct tape isn't necessary, but it definitely gives it a polished look and softens the corners.
Lowe's has a 4'x8' shower board for $13.47. They cut mine into 12"x12" squares, making 32 dry erase boards. I got the gorgeous HIGH HEEL duct tape on clearance for a $1, plus I had two rolls from sweet friends that saw it and immediately thought of me...I wonder why??!!
If you haven't tried the shower board and you want to make the learning in your classroom more exciting, go get one...tonight!
Quick, easy way to assess your students and they're FUN!
***I always give my students 1 minute of doodle time before I begin my lesson so they can get it out of their systems, otherwise they're too tempted to draw! If I catch them "doodling", I take away their board and they have to use BORING paper...it will only have to happen ONCE in your classroom-I pinky swear! :)
Have a super week friends!
 



24 comments:

  1. WHAT?? I have not seen this before!! I need this. And I need you to come help me wrap the edges please. :-P
    Jivey

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  2. I like the wrapped edges. Oh the boring paper. That happens in my class also. Great minds think alike.:)
    Barbara
    Fourth and Goal in Fourth Grade

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  3. This is AWESOME!! I will be doing this over the summer for next year! Love how you give them doodle time! :)
    Theresa
    Pinkadots Elementary

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  4. Oh...look at that high heel Duct Tape. I love it...and that Mrs. Barnette helped you! I need to wrap the edges of mine and spruce mine up. I've had mine for what seems like a million years. I'm not heading out to Lowe's to get Duct Tape right now though...I'm already in my jammies. I know you're proud that I won't be wandering the streets late at night tonight! XO
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  5. They look great! I like your idea of doodle time. My students definitely know that if they are caught doodling than they go back to plain ol' paper. Never had an issue with it!

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

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  6. Love the cost the most! I ordered some a couple of years ago but they were like $50. Mine need some decorating still though :)

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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  7. That looks great! As far as cleaning, how does the shower board compare with the "white boards?"

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  8. I have been using shower board "tiles" for years. The kids absolutely love using them. Of course we ground rules. In my nine years of teaching I've only had 2-3 students who have ever lost the privilege of using their board for the day. As far as cleaning them, Ms. OCD, my kids like using miss-matched socks from home (clean of course). Every so often I clean the boards with Mrs. Myers cleaner or those Mr. Clean white clean eraser (I use the Target brand). One note of caution though, do not use the white board cleaner on them because it leaves a filmy buildup.

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  9. I can't tell you how mad I am at myself for buying a crappy set last year at the dollar store. I paid more than this AND had to toss them at the end of the year. Lesson learned. This tip is gold!!

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  10. I used to have the showerboard boards but didn't feel like toting the heavy crate when we moved buildings two years ago. They were rather old and weary. I'm diggin' the duct taped edges so I'm thinking I should make a new set! AND I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the doodle tip! Definitely a winner!

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  11. I feel like I should know what a shower board is... but I don't! I may have to take a trip especially to Lowe's to check it out! Okay, that may be a lie. I only go to that store when my husband drags me in there.. and he's gone so I may just google it. Adding that tape of course makes them beautiful. LOVE! :)

    Mandy
    The 4th Grade Journey

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  12. I love this idea. My dry erase boards have definitely seen better days. You are right about the drawing. I get tested every year, but only once.

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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  13. Love the duct tape border! My teaching partner actually had shower board cut as well - it's so much cheaper! We usually share whiteboards since she uses them virtually everyday but at that price... I may need my own set to stay inside the desks!

    Love it!
    Amanda
    My Shoe String Life

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  14. Ordering white boards is actually on my to-do list - I may have to re-think that order! The duct tape is perfect and totally makes the boards. The doodling tip is key.

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  15. Thanks so much for sending me the link to solve my no-reply issues - who knew it was so easy! Love the shower board idea, how have I never heard of this before?

    Love to Learn

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  16. Buy the colored puffs at Dollar Tree for erasers. They come 3 to a pack, and are the best! They come in pink, blue, and green. I can send a picture if you want. I wash them in a mesh bag, and they look like new. They'll go great with your new whiteboards!

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  17. Great idea! I have to go through my boards and get rid of the yucky ones. This idea looks like the perfect replacement. Thanks for sharing!
    Michele
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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  18. I have a set of showerboard boards in my classroom! So easy and cheap. They are kinda on their last leg, though so I'm thinking I might get a new set next year and will definitley be using the duct tape to cutsify them!

    Rissa
    Keep Calm and Hoot On

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  19. Great idea! My marker boards are looking so sad after who knows how many years of use. Thanks for the tip!

    Stephanie
    Forever in Fifth Grade

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  20. Of course you would find high heel tape!! :) This is an awesome idea and I SO need to do this! I spent way too much last year on five dry erase boards just so I would have enough for small groups. Thanks for sharing, BBB!!! :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  21. I have had my shower tile boards for a little over three years and I love them. I never thought of wrapping the edges though - will definitely have to try that.

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  22. Joanne, this is wonderful! The duct tape is great--my daughter just peeked over my should and saw it--she was a little obsessed with it.
    Let me also add that you're idea of giving them a little free time is probably one of the most important aspects of using the whiteboards. The kids just have to do it--like getting the wiggles out! Great!

    Matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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  23. Someone smart told me when I first started teaching about showerboard and I've had my boards for over 13 years now!! Last year I got some cut for my students as their end of the year gift and it was a big hit!! It's so cheap and easy (I mean, I just have to stand there while someone else cuts it) and then that's it!! I really need to cover mine with duct tape though, it looks so cute!!!! I'll have to make that a summer project I think... :O)
    I'm glad you went with showerboard instead of the expensive teacher store ones! It's totally worth it!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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