Simon Creasey

Classroom pedagogy: get on board with Bansho

If you think that writing on a whiteboard is a simple, straightforward process, you’ve probably never heard of Bansho. Using this Japanese technique, the board becomes more than just a teaching tool – it becomes a space for students to share ideas and develop their problem-solving skills, writes Simon Creasey

Bansho whiteboard technique

You probably don’t give a lot of thought to writing on the board. After all, once you’ve got the whole writing-on-vertical-surface-while-standing-up thing sorted, there’s really not that much to it. And as for what boards are used for, it’s usually key ideas, whole-class work, listing those on their last legs behaviour-wise, or for drawing a quick diagram – nothing complicated there.

But what if there is actually a lot more to it? What if we treated writing on the board more as the mastering of an art rather than the wielding of a tool? What if we viewed “board work” in the same way the ...

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