A.k.a. “Vertical non-permanent surfaces and visible random grouping”.
Thanks to Alex Overwijk (@alexoverwijk) for introducing the idea and, as one blogger put it, “getting me fired up for this idea” and thanks to Graham Fletcher (@gfletchy) for suggesting to drill holes in the whiteboards and using command strips to hang them from the wall. This idea really hit home with me because I travel between classrooms (three!) and the teacher(s) I share rooms with are not yet sold on the idea of putting whiteboards all around the room.
When I later read his blog post about it, I realized that he only had one hole in the boards which allowed the boards to be more vertically oriented. I envisioned them being horizontal (see below) so the boards wouldn’t “wiggle”. Hopefully students still have enough room. Next time I go to Home Depot, I think I’m going to get 3′ x 6′ boards instead of 2′ x 3′. (Six 2′ x 3′ boards cost less than $15!! at Home Depot!)
I did just a little bit of this (vertical whiteboards) last year, but the boards had to be propped up on tables against the wall or against a stack of heavy textbooks–not ideal. I’m going to be doing this much, much more this upcoming year!