I remember last summer, we had a thread with general tips. I know it is still pretty early, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to start it. (I'm bored. lol.) Lets see how long we can keep this thread going. Here is mine for starters: If you are not crazy about your students drawing on your board pick a day that they are allowed to do it. My fourth graders knew that Wednesdays were Chalkboard day and looked forward to it. (They could use it around dismissal time.) I was happy to only deal with extra chalk dust and, later, the use of my expensive dry-erase markers once a week and not have to tell the kids "no"--they just knew.