Thanks to modern science, there is. I remembered seeing a post on Twitter from Jim Burke, about paint that turns a flat wall into a white board surface. After researching I found that the paint is INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE!!! For a kit that covers 50 square feet, it costs $174.99 + shipping. So, I continued my search and found another solution, GoWrite Dry Erase Rolls. They are an adhesive sheet that you place on a surface in order to create a whiteboard on any wall. Some people have also reported that they use them to cover old chalkboards.
Here's the plan (This will be a summer project - you know how the school year gets):
- Get shorter, 2 shelf book shelves in my room
- Clear everything away from the two major walls in my room that have open space
- Create an arrangement for those things either on the remaining wall, near my Promethean Board, or in the center of the room
- Cover the walls with the Dry Erase Rolls
- Arrange the desks in the room so they are near the 2 walls, preferably at arm's length
Let me know your thoughts. Is your classroom centered around learning, or around the teacher? Do you see this as beneficial? Would you be willing to try it if possible?
At this point I am in the investigative phase and looking at all of the possible options. The reviews are up and down for the dry erase rolls, so I'm open to new directions.