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  • If you love Wipebooks and Wipecharts, tell me about it.

    Posted by Katrien Vance on July 6, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Hello – Do you love Wipecharts?  Wipebooks?  I would love to hear what people think about these.  I am very lucky to have very small classes, but we also have no money.  I can’t invest in Wipebooks and then discover that our regular graph-paper spirals are just fine.  I love the idea of saving paper, but I wonder how students record notes to look back at, a strategy I encourage them to develop and use. Perhaps a paper notebook as a math journal and to record notes, and a Wipebook for in-class work?   I love the idea of a Wipechart; I currently use gridded post-it flipcharts, which are <b><i>expensive</i></b>, but I love sticking them up on the wall and being able to save them and come back to them.  

    I teach several subjects (history, English, music), so I can imagine using the Wipechart in several ways.  will it hold up?  Is it as easy to separate and use separate pages around the classroom as they say? Do you tape it up?  Thank you in advance for your opinions . . .

    Kyle Pearce replied 2 years, 6 months ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Victoria Baumgart

    July 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I really loved our Wipechartes–but because I didn’t get the stand with them they did not hold up as well as they could have. I had them hanging on hooks on my board when they were not in use, but the students sometimes leaned on them which caused rip/tear the holes. We used them endlessly so I feel I got my money’s worth. Only some of them were in good enough shape to keep for next year. I loved having students work vertically using the charts. I have bought them again, this time buying the stand so they can be better looked after when not in use. 

    I am not sure I would buy the books, even though it uses paper I find having math notebooks helpful for looking back and building on in prior work.

    Hope that helps.


    • Katrien Vance

      August 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you!  My colleague and I bought 2, and we’ll see how it goes!  Do you need the special markers that come with them, or will regular dry erase markers work just as well?

      • Victoria Baumgart

        August 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm

        Regular dry-erase has worked for us. We have also purchased Lysol wipes to use to clean up after. 

  • Rebecca Thompson

    July 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Katrien,

    I am hoping to purchase a pack of Wipecharts for the upcoming school year. My plan is to use them in randomized small groups for problem solving Three Act Math Tasks together. I will hang them on the wall so they can be used vertically.

    I don’t have feedback to give on this, but that is my plan!

    • Katrien Vance

      August 2, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      That is my plan as well!  We bought 2 sets, and I am hoping we can separate out the pages (as it says you can) and have groups all over the room, working at the walls.  

  • Kyle Pearce

    August 2, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    One of the big reasons for going with Wipebook flipcharts is that they are affordable and easy to move around. However the key is the vertical and non permanent part re: Peter Liljedahl’s work with the Thinking Classroom. 

    I’d be fine with regular chalk boards, but key is having enough vertical non permanent space for kids to write / erase / work freely. 

    Btw: We have a Wipebook giveaway going on RIGHT NOW until end of August: plus you get 50% off flipcharts! We haven’t even formally announced it yet … so consider this your advanced Academy notice 🙂

    • Cheryl McLaughlin

      September 4, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      I really-I forced my Wipebook with duct tape around the edges to help make them sturdier for mounting on the wall permanently. I used a white duct tape.

      • Kyle Pearce

        September 5, 2020 at 8:28 am

        Great strategy!