Using mini whiteboards isn’t a revolutionary idea but I find that sometimes teachers forget that they have this resource to hand.
They are great for AfL in that you can immediately work out who understands a concept and who needs support, especially if you introduce basic rules, such as not showing the teacher the board until you say “Show me!” or count for them to show you. Encouraging pupils to do this will give you a more accurate understanding of who needs more help, as in a larger class, it can be easy for pupils to copy the correct answer from a fellow pupil without you seeing.
I use whiteboards constantly in Maths lessons, but I also encourage the use of them constantly in other subjects. Giving pupils the opportunity to draft ideas, mindmap or use them to support other pupils (consolidating their own understanding) will create good habits and should help pupils to produce a higher quality of work.
To create a calm classroom environment as pupils arrive in the morning, introduce Early Morning Work. Pupils enter the room, follow the directions on the board, and work on the task they have been directed towards.
Ideas for EMW:
Basic maths operations
Write down an adjective for every letter of the alphabet
Countdown maths or letters
Countdown conundrum or anagram
EMW can be organised to suit any age group and fit in with your curriculum. You may want to encourage participation by rewarding pupils for participation using a reward system that they are engaged with. Pupils could complete tasks on a mini whiteboard or book to keep track of their EMW. You may just want them to complete tasks in their rough books or something similar.