border or tape on chalkboard

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  1. RuralPAteacher

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    Hello everyone! I have sort of a silly question, so I apologize, but this question has me wondering!

    I have seen many pictures of teachers putting tape or borders around their chalkboards and whiteboards. I really like the way it looks. I also like how areas can be marked off for instance, for your schedule, homework, etc. I have a chalkboard and my question is. When you wash the board doesn't the tape or border just get in the way or become ruined? Our school does not have a laminator. I assume this would help keep the border nice. Can it be done without laminating it? Doesn't the tape get ruined with water?

    I know pretty silly question. Sorry.
     
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  3. time out

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    I've never laminated my borders. I recommend spraying the paper towel and not the board. That will help with controlling the areas that are being cleaned. Some water may get on the borders but it shouldn't be that noticeable. The borders should last the whole year.
     
  4. HistTchr

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    I have tape on my board at school, and have never had a problem with it coming off when I wash it. I use the electrical tape that you can buy at an office supply store.
     
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    Same thing. Never had a problem.
     
  6. Caesar753

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    Yep, electrical tape is the way to go. Water won't affect it at all.

    I like electrical tape better than bulletin board borders for sectioning off the board because it takes up a lot less space. Borders are two or three times wider than electrical tape, leaving less room to write.
     
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    This.
     
  8. cheeryteacher

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    I put magnets on the back of my border so I can remove it to clean if I need to. My border is going on three years now. I also use tape on my board and it does last the whole year, but I don't spray it with any cleaner and I am the only one to do any erasing in that section. I use painters tape and it doesn't leave any residue on the board.
     
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    Same! And it comes in fun colors. :)
     
  10. swansong1

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    Our members here are filled with original ideas! I don't have chalk boards but I do put borders around my magnetic white boards. What a great idea to put them up with magnets!
     
  11. scmom

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    Same as most:

    -I have border with magnets on the outside which isn't laminated and lasts just fine (I buy the magnetic squares designed to go on the back of business cards because it is cheaper by the square inch and cut it to the size needed.)

    -I am using colored electrical tape to section off parts of the board. I also used it to section off my word wall.
     
  12. HWilson

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    Same here but I'm going on the forth year of the same border. I was noticing it isn't looking new anymore but it still looks fine. I only notice the "dirty" because I was up close.

    I love the way it looks and just take care when cleaning the board.
     
  13. ancientcivteach

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    :yeahthat:
     
  14. giraffe326

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    I have used masking tape to make a spot replicating their agenda.
     
  15. CFClassroom

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    Electrical tape works great...and now comes in fun colors.
     
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    I use painters tape as well, works great.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
  18. Harper

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    How easy is the electrical tape to remove at the end of the year? Does it leave a residue?
     
  19. Caesar753

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    It peels right off with no problem. There's no tearing or shredding or anything that sometimes happens with masking tape or even painters tape.

    There is sometimes a little bit of residue with electrical tape along the sides. I don't think it's due to the tape itself but to dry erase gunk that gets stuck under the edges. It's very easy to wipe off--just spray with water and wipe with a paper towel. Comes right off without scrubbing.

    Seriously, electrical tape is the way to go when it comes to boards.
     
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    It peels right off in 1 piece and doesn't leave any residue. It's awesome!
     
  21. Harper

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    Belated, but thanks! I'll take the painters' tape back to the store and get electrical tape!
     

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