chalkboards are gross.

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  1. Pencil Monkey

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    So I got into my new room today. It has two chalk boards plus a smaller white board. I can't stand chalk. It gives me the heebie jeebies! Anyway I have two of them in my classroom.

    I posted pics here:
    http://teachingwithimagination.blogspot.com/

    Since I have whiteboard space I'm not concerned with using them for instruction. What would you do with them?
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    I LOVE chalkboards!!
     
  4. terptoteacher

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    cover them with the write on wipe off huge post its.
     
  5. MissJill

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    I totally agree chalk makes my hands crack and the room dusty.
    I requested whiteboard but I didn't get them :(
    Boo budget.
     
  6. Danny'sNanny

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    Mine are magnetic, so I use them for bulletin boards
     
  7. SunnyGal

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    I have 2 huuuuuuge chalkboards. I cover them with fabric and border to make bulletin boards. :)
     
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    After 3 years of using a chalkboard I developed sinus problems. As soon as I moved out of that classroom and used a whiteboard, my sinus problems went away. I don't enjoy chalkboards!!
     
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    How do you attach items to the fabric?
     
  10. Ima Teacher

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    I loved my old chalkboard. I did use lots of lotion on my hands, and I often had a chalk dust line across my behind from bumping the chalk tray . . . but I still loved it. It was a really old black slate board. It was really, really great!

    We moved to our new building with white boards. I hate them. After two years I developed a severe chemical allergy to the dry erase markers. I have to use window crayons and wax pencils on my board. Thankfully I have a SmartBoard, so I mainly use my whiteboards for bulletin boards.

    Are your boards magnetic? You can also use hot glue on the boards. It peels off easily.
     
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    I agree about making them into bulletin boards.
     
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    I have two whiteboards in my classroom; I'd prefer two chalkboards.

    I plan on using the whiteboards as the primary source of instruction in my classroom, so covering them with fabric wouldn't be an option for me.
     
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    Just reading the word chalkboard gives me the shivers and makes me imagine someone dragging their nails down it.
     
  14. Brendan

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    I HATE chalk. Luckily, in we got rid of them because the chalk dust is bad for Smart Boards.
     
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    i do the same thing. If you need it for projection you could use white fabric...it works out better. I cant stand my chalkboard.
     
  16. SunnyGal

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    I just use a tiny dot of hot glue. It comes off easily when I want to change out something.

    I have also heard of teachers who put down a layer of cork first and then put fabric on top of that. Then you can staple or use thumbtacks.
     
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    I have chalkboards and would love to have whiteboards. I have found that washing the board frequently helps a great deal. I have a tendency not to do that, but also discovered that one of those long-handled car mop things (California car mop/duster??) does a GREAT job of getting the dust off and making it look freshly washed - try it, I will be very surprised if you don't love it.
     
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    How are you all attaching the fabric to the chalkboards? We don't even have the magnetic chalkboards, so I definitely can't stand mine.
     
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    I kind of like the old chalkboards, but they are messy if used as such. You can't paint over them, attach fabric or BB paper, even stencil them. Is yours magnetic? Then use for useful lists, posters, notifications, rules, etc.
     
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    I am the only teacher in my school with a blackboard, I refuse to let them take it away. Far better than any whiteboard, the kids don't steal the chalk like they do the pens, the chalk never runs out (I have the whole school's supply)! plus the added bonus that any kids not paying attention can have a small piece of chalk thrown at them to re-focus their attention!

    Word of warning gentlemen though, if you go to the restroom wash your hands before taking a leak otherwise you have telltale chalky fingerprints all down your fly!:rolleyes:
     
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    I have a chalkboard in my new classroom too and I hate it. It's at least a smooth, brown board instead of the horrid green ones... but with my allergies and my love for black pants, I really don't want it. I covered the bottom half with the whiteboard stick-on paper, but then I ran out. I think I might buy some more and finish it off...
     
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    Mine are magnetic so I taped bulletin board paper and trimmer up and created a word wall/math board.
     
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    Me too!!! My room has a chalkboard on one side and a white board on the other. My students' desks are ALWAYS facing the chalkboard. I hate teaching math with a whiteboard. Those stupid markers are always drying out and I have a habit of "erasing" with my hand which doesn't work so well with markers!
     
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    I have one full wall that is a chalkboard in my new room. I also have a white board, a lined whiteboard and a Smartboard so I won't be using the chalkboard. I plan on using mine as bulletin board/poster space.
     
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    I made my chalkboard into a BB using double sided duct tape.
     
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    I have one wall of my classroom as a chalkboard and on another wall I have a SmartBoard. I also have bad asthma-- so you can probably think of which one I will be using more often.

    I'm really tempted into buying large amounts of poster foam board, adhering it to the chalkboard and putting nice fabric over the board to make it into a large bulletin board.

    But I too am in the same boat and I'm praying they'll buy me a large whiteboard instead. :D
     
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    Has anyone here done the showerboard whiteboard?
    I went to Lowes to see what it was and it does look like it will work as a whiteboard. I'm just terrified of doing something to my classroom and getting in trouble since I'm still pretty new.
     
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    I have not - but it does intrigue me, too. Can you use 3M Command strips at the corners and a few at top/bottom to put it up over the existing chalkboard? I have had great luck with using these strips for things on the wall.
     
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    That is an AWESOME idea.
    I hung a mirror in my apartment using those so I'm sure it would work out beautifully on the board.
    You definitely solved my problem!
     
  30. TamiJ

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    Chalboards still exist? I don't think I have seen them recently in any school.
     
  31. MissJill

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    My school hasn't been updated since it was built in the late 70's. We're lucky we have a tech lab LOL.

    My boards aren't even magnetic. The strange thing is that every classroom has different boards, they must have done the school on a cheap budget and just took what they could get. My old room had those green chalkboards that were magnetic...three doors down (my room now) they are brown chalkboards that aren't magnetic. And downstairs my friend has another type of old chalkboard.
    Very random.
     
  32. Mrs. Q

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    How much does the showerboard cost? I am paying $30 total for enough dry erase stick-ons to cover my entire chalkboard. My husband has experience doing car decals, so I had him stick it up so it would be straight.

    Here's a link: http://godryerase.stores.yahoo.net/sestdryerro.html
     
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    The showerboard I saw was $13 for a 4 x 8 sheet
     

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