Post-It Dry Erase SurfaceWednesday, September 23, 2015
If there is one thing that I have learned over the last few years, it is the importance of creating a classroom environment in which my students feel comfortable taking risks. Could the fear of making mistakes impede a child's learning potential? I believe so. Looking back on my childhood, I remember how embarrassed I would feel if I shared an incorrect answer in front of the whole class, making me wish I had never raised my hand. But then, if given the opportunity to correct my work, it would open the way for me to learn from mistakes. One of the ways educators today are providing such opportunities for students to share solutions to problems and build on ideas is through collaboration, an important 21st Century learning competency. And now, they can rely on an instant, flexible whiteboard solution to create new places to collaborate in the classroom in a way that is interactive and engaging. Introducing the Post-It Dry Erase Surface.
It comes as no surprise that collaboration delivers results. When children work together in pairs or groups and have shared responsibility, they develop an interdependency that opens new learning opportunities. A Dry Erase Surface is an excellent tool that invites students to share ideas without the fear of imperfection, especially knowing that they can easily erase their work. What I love most about the Post-It Dry Erase Surface is that you can quickly and easily cover large surfaces to maximize productivity or cut it down to smaller sizes and adhere to individual student desktops as highlighted in the video above. It can also be used to re-surface whiteboards.
For review, I was sent a 4 ft x 3 ft Post-It Dry Erase Surface sample that I shared with the kindergarten teachers at my school. They used it on a large table and created an inviting space for their little ones to share their drawings. I was tempted to join in myself! There is something about holding a marker in your hand and drawing on the smooth dry-erase surface that I find entices children. I also believe that, where little hands are concerned, drawing and writing skills can be better developed when you need not worry about applying pressure, as with a pencil. A Dry-Erase Surface is a great way to encourage writing and visual expression.
This back-to-school season, Alyson Schafer, a well-known Canadian parenting and education expert, along with Post-It has compiled tips for educators and parents on how to help kids maximize productivity and creativity. Many of them seem to touch upon additional 21st Century learning skills such as communication, real-world problem solving and self-regulation.
- Diversity: Working together encourages diversity and allows kids to understand what it’s like to walk in their friend’s shoes. Whether it’s through a group project, playing a game or working as a class to solve a math problem, collaborating in an open environment helps kids learn from one another and embrace each other’s differences.
- Freedom to take risks: Post-It’s Dry Erase Surface is a whiteboard solution perfect for kids. Freeing students from their fear of imperfection and giving them permission to make mistakes is the best way to inspire learning. When kids realize that it’s okay to wipe off a mistake and start over, free thinking is reinforced.
- Staying focused: Distraction issues in the classroom is not a new thing. There are ways to help kids stay on track while allowing parents and teachers to address different learning styles. For some kids, the process of moving their hand and doodling while listening in class or at home helps them pay attention and take in new information.
- Don’t forget to write: Holding a pen in hand and the repetition of writing helps kids practice important competencies while further developing motor skills. Going old school has its benefits, and the more hours kids can put into practicing writing, the better for their overall development.
- Make them a stakeholder: Getting kids ready for school each day can be a hefty task. Allowing kids to create their own organization system —making a checklist for the morning, choosing what’s going into their backpack each morning—in their desired format will help them become stakeholders in their day, and chances are, they will stick to their own system versus the one created by parents or teachers.
Post-It Dry Erase Surfaces are available in four different sizes: 2 feet by 3 feet, 3 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet by 6 feet and 4 feet by 8 feet. They can be purchased on Amazon for $39.99 for the smallest size up to $178.99 for the larger size. Currently, you can save between 27% and 38% on Amazon.ca so it might be a good time to stock up. You can now also find the smallest size available at Staples and all sizes are available at Grand and Toy as well as Novexco (for members only.)
For more information on Post-It Dry Erase Surfaces and other Post-It products, visit PostIt.ca.