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Tip: How to turn magnetic chalk board into magnetic dry erase board.

This burning question had no good answer until I did this: primed the chalkboard with a latex primer/sealer for sheetrock & other porous materials, then used a second coat of primer for better coverage. I lwt that cure for 24 hours between coats, then followed the directions on thje Rustoleum dry erase paint. 3 days after that, I jad beautiful dry erase boards in my classroom!

Before priming. Masked off carefully.

First coat of primer. It had cured after 48 hours, but was very streaky.

  • Cindy Darsey Chadwell
    Cindy Darsey Chadwell Pensacola, FL
    on Aug 12, 2017

    what a great idea!! thats the first time I've seen that.

    • Jeanne
      Jeanne Lafayette, LA
      on Aug 12, 2017

      Thank you! I couldn't find it anywhere, either, so I researched how to seal chalkboards. I had already seen someone use the dry erase paint to replenish the surface on some shower tile (4x8 sheets) used as cheap dry erase boards in another classroom. I combined the two ideas.

  • Jewell Martin
    Jewell Martin Mesquite, TX
    on Aug 12, 2017

    And later, dry erase boards will be replaced with Smart Boards. But, when faced with budget cuts, teachers will invent a way to do that on a shoestring. Congratulations, @ JeanneJohnsonOrtego!

    • Jeanne
      Jeanne Lafayette, LA
      on Aug 12, 2017

      Thank you, Jewel. Actually, my Promethean board sits in the middle of one of the chalk boards. This was a problem because chalk dust is not good for technology. I needed more room to write than the interactive board, for things that stay up all the time, like homework, test dates, etc.

  • B.s.nelson
    B.s.nelson
    on Aug 12, 2017

    What are "Smart Boards"?

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne Lafayette, LA
    on Aug 12, 2017

    Interactive white boards, like Promethean, which are hooked up to a computer. Think of it as a huge touch screen for your laptop that students can see, write on, watch video clips on, etc.

  • Jewell Martin
    Jewell Martin Mesquite, TX
    7 days ago

    I'm starting my 8th year of retirement. I miss teaching so much. And one of the things I miss is all the creative energy. I used to love going to our local teachers' store two weeks before students arrived. The brand new teachers and veteran teachers from dozens of schools would stop in the middle of aisles to answer questions and share ideas with each other. All disciplines, all grade levels, all types of schools. Now I'm getting that creative energy from Hometalk. Rarely is anyone rude, intolerant of someone else's ideas, or downright ugly. Hometalk gives me the encouragement, validation, and casual friendships I miss so much. Thank you, Jeanne 😇

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