Our maintenance department is replacing all our old chalkboards with 4'x8' tile board from the local builder's supply store. This gave me an idea! I had them cut one of these boards into 12 squares, which gave me thirty-two new white board slates. Now each child has their own slate to use when we practice math facts, do math visualizations on the overhead, practice handwriting, etc. Whenever we're doing whole class instruction, I'm able to assess my students' skills. To ensure that we always have enough white board markers, I occasionally send a note home to parents explaining that we're running low. To solve the problem of passing out an eraser for each child, I collected old clean socks. My students keep their markers in the socks and when we need to use the slates, everything is in their desks, ready to go. My kids love them!