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Dry Erase Wall Quotes for November 2021

November: The Norway of the Year
In the Northern Hemisphere, November signals the entry to winter, the season of cold, dreary, blustery weather. But it’s also a time of tranquility, of introspection, of cuddling with loved ones and animal companions, of comfort foods, of get-togethers with family and friends. In November, you get to take a deep breath of crisp fresh air and settle into late fall and holiday preparations. It’s a holiday month, but instead of the hustle and bustle of December’s holidays, it offers a more serene sense of family togetherness without the pressure of buying and exchanging gifts. The quotes below reflect an array of feelings, images, and thoughts about November that will hopefully brighten your day or give you food for thought when you post them on your dry erase painted wall.

Thoughts and Feelings about November

1. “November always seems to me the Norway of the year.â€
~ Emily Dickinson (US poet)

2. “November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,†said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frost-bitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,†observed Jo pensively.â€
~ Louisa May Alcott (US novelist, short story writer, and poet), Little Women

3. “Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.â€
~ Cyril Connolly (English literary critic and writer)

4. “Welcome, sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.â€
~ Gregory F. Lenz (US writer)

5. “Fear not November’s challenge bold — We’ve books and friends, And hearths that never can grow cold: These make amends!â€
~ Alexander Louis Fraser (Canadian poet and clergyman), November

6. “The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite [small amount] which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July.â€
~ Henry David Thoreau (US naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher)

7. “Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!â€
~ Charmaine J. Forde (US author and poet)

8. “She stands In tattered gold Tossing bits of amber And jade, jewels of a year grown old: November.â€
~ Zephyr Ware Tarver (US poet), A Queen Makes an Exit

9. “Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise.â€
~ Gladys Taber (US author)

10. “This is the month of nuts and nutty thoughts — that November whose name sounds so bleak and cheerless — perhaps its harvest of thought is worth more than all the other crops of the year.â€
~ Henry David Thoreau (US naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher)

11. “No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member – No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds — November!â€
~ Thomas Hood (English poet, author, and humorist), No!

12. “November at its best — with a sort of delightful menace in the air.â€
~ Anne Bosworth Greene (British-American author and essayist)

13. “Thanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather. For harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday. For autumn’s frosty art, and abundance in the heart. For neighbors and November, nice things, new things to remember.â€
~ Aileen Fisher (US writer and poet), All in a Word

14. “The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.â€
~ Henry Rollins (US singer, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist)

Mother Nature in November

15. “The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on. A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind.â€
~ Aldo Leopold (US author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist)

16. “There is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods, for their glory terrestrial had departed, and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.â€
~ L.M. Montgomery (Canadian author)

17. “The house was very quiet, and the fog — we are in November now — pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.â€
~ E.M. Forster (English fiction writer, essayist, and librettist)

18. “In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.â€
~ Cynthia Rylant (US author of children’s books and librarian), In November

19. “If it is true that one of the greatest pleasures of gardening lies in looking forward, then the planning of next year’s beds and borders must be one of the most agreeable occupations in the gardener’s calendar. This should make October and November particularly pleasant months.â€
~ Vita Sackville-West (English author, garden designer, poet, and journalist)

20. “The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night, Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation: The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer, I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky.â€
~ Walt Whitman (US poet, essayist, and journalist), Leaves of Grass, I Celebrate Myself

21. “The body is like a November birch facing the full moon And reaching into the cold heavens. In these trees, there is no ambition, no sodden body, no leaves, Nothing but bare trunks climbing like cold fire!â€
~ Robert Bly (US poet, essayist, and activist), Solitude Late at Night in the Woods

22. “Bare are the places where the sweet flowers dwelt.
What joy sufficient hath November felt?
What profit from the violet’s day of pain?â€
~ Helen Hunt Jackson (US poet, writer, and activist), Autumn Sonnet

23. “The wild November comes at last Beneath a veil of rain; The night winds blow its folds aside, Her face is full of pain. The latest of her race, she takes The Autumn’s vacant throne: She has but one short moon to live, And she must live alone.â€
~ Richard Henry Stoddard (US critic and poet), November

24. “Every year, in November, the crowning and majestic hours of autumn, I go to visit the chrysanthemums. They are indeed, the most universal, the most diverse of flowers.â€
~ Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist)

25. “Splitting dry kindling on a damp November day — wind-chimes tinkling.â€
~ Michael P. Garofalo (US poet and philosopher), Cuttings

26. “Cornstalks from last summer’s garden now lean toward the kitchen window, and the November wind goes through them in a shudder. Their thin tassels spread out beseeching fingers, and their long bleached blades flutter like ragged clothing.â€
~ Rachel Peden (US newspaper columnist)

27. “Most people, early in November, take last looks at their gardens, and are then prepared to ignore them until the spring. I am quite sure that a garden doesn’t like to be ignored like this. It doesn’t like to be covered in dust sheets, as though it were an old room which you had shut up during the winter. Especially since a garden knows how gay and delightful it can be, even in the very frozen heart of the winter, if you only give it a chance.â€
~ Beverley Nichols (English writer, playwright, and public speaker)

28. “When shrieked The bleak November winds, and smote the woods, And the brown fields were herbless, and the shades That met above the merry rivulet Were spoiled, I sought, I loved them still; they seemed Like old companions in adversity.â€
~ William Cullen Bryant (US poet, journalist, and newspaper editor), A Winter Piece

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Traditional framed whiteboards are extremely popular and handy media for communicating in business offices, classrooms, retail shops, restaurants, hospitals, and countless other settings where quick memos, schedules, creative ideas, sketches for work projects, and other types of text and imagery can be presented in a clear easily accessible way. With whiteboards, writing and drawing are effortless because words and images can be presented with just a few quick strokes of a dry erase marker then easily erased with a swipe or two from a special marker eraser or a piece of cloth. Also, writing and graphics may be displayed in a great number of bold, exciting colors that allow for easy viewing and for color coding of various topics or categories so that viewers can clearly understand the relationships among different images, ideas, and facts. However, despite their popularity, handiness, and widespread use around the world, many people are confused about the meaning of the terms “whiteboard” and “dry-erase board,” with some believing that they refer to two different things.

The Terms “Whiteboard” and “Dry Erase Board” Have the Same Meaning

To clear up this confusion, you can rest assured that the expressions whiteboard and dry erase board are synonymous; that is, they have exactly the same meaning. All whiteboards are by nature dry erase boards, since a special dry eraser is all that’s required to remove writing and other marks from their surfaces, as opposed to chalkboards, which often need to be cleaned off with a water-dampened cloth. Many people use the term whiteboard instead of dry erase board simply because these types of surfaces are most often colored white; however, dry erase boards are available in other colors as well, such as light blue, pink, yellow, chartreuse, lavender, and more. Materials like white melamine and white porcelain are almost always used in the manufacture of dry erase boards because white is an excellent background color that makes any writing or drawing displayed on it stand out and be readily seen by both users and others in the area. To create the greatest contrast between dry erase marker ink and background, people usually choose dark or brightly colored markers to let text and images be viewed clearly against a board’s white surface, with black and dark gray being the most common colors of ink made for writing or drawing on a dry erase board.

The Different Types of Whiteboards Vary Greatly in Quality and Price

Although dry erase boards are almost universally white, many people are unaware that several kinds exist on the market and that the boards can differ significantly in terms of quality, durability, and price according to the material used in the manufacturing process. The many varieties of whiteboards available are typically advertised as being made of a non-porous surface material that can be easily written or drawn on with dry erase markers and then quickly cleaned off with a cloth or a special dry ink eraser. The most common types of raw materials used in manufacturing dry erase surfaces are melamine, ceramic steel (aka porcelain steel, porcelain enamel, or vitreous enamel), glass, and paint.

Melamine Whiteboards Have Several Disadvantages

Melamine whiteboards are constructed of a kind of paper infused with resin that’s applied to a base material or substrate such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or particleboard. The main advantages of melamine-coated boards are that they are less heavy and initially less expensive than other types of dry erase boards like those made of porcelain steel or glass; however, the surfaces of melamine-coated boards are more highly prone to staining, ghosting, and physical damage than the other surfaces, so they typically have to be replaced every few years, especially if written on, erased, and cleaned often. This, of course, creates added ongoing expenses for schools, companies, and organizations that may already be on tight budgets. Melamine whiteboards are also non-recyclable so that when they wear out and are discarded, they end up being sent to landfills, thus generating large amounts of unnecessary waste material and increased damage to the natural environment.

Melamine dry erase boards differ considerably in terms of quality, and this is based largely on the amount of melamine resin that’s applied to the substrate during the manufacturing process. Some melamine whiteboards will remain relatively clean and tend to resist smudging and ghosting, even after a period of use; however, others will begin to smudge and ghost in a matter of only a few days or weeks, and even those that don’t ghost at first will eventually do so. These problems occur because of the high permeability of melamine surfaces, which often begin attracting and holding dry erase marker ink on the first day of use. So, despite their seemingly non-porous surfaces, melamine whiteboards actually contain countless microscopic holes that absorb more and more dry erase marker ink over time and eventually undergo ghosting, whereby large gray areas appear, and what’s written or drawn on them fails to completely disappear when erased, so that faint remnants or “ghosts” of the markings on their surfaces remain behind, hence the term “ghosting.”

Ceramic and Porcelain Steel whiteboards are Costly and Difficult to Install

Ceramic steel whiteboards have a smooth glossy surface that’s produced by spraying a raw mixture called frit, which contains glass particles, onto steel sheets and then firing the sheets in high-temperature ovens. Although ceramic steel dry erase boards are more resilient and easier to clean than melamine boards, they are also much heavier and bulkier, so mounting ceramic whiteboards on walls is a multi-person task often done by professionals. Ceramic steel dry erase boards are also considerably more expensive than melamine boards, and by their nature, are likewise limited in terms of surface area due to the size restrictions imposed by their frames.

Quality Dry Erase Paint Eliminates the Issues Associated with Standard Whiteboards

Based on your personal or professional needs and the characteristics of your home, work, or teaching environment, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of the various types of dry erase boards on the market and then determine the sort of dry erase surface that you want to have. In light of the numerous drawbacks associated with traditional framed whiteboards of any size, surface, or price, it’s understandable that shrewd business managers, organization heads, educators, and others seeking a modern, alternative writing surface are increasingly turning to whiteboard coated walls to meet their needs. Major international corporations and educational institutions such as Facebook, Starbucks, Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of California Berkeley have all chosen to install premium dry erase coating in their corporate offices, classrooms, research facilities, and other venues. These world-class companies and schools recognize the great potential that whiteboard-coated walls have for inspiring creative thinking and novel approaches to traditional ways of working, teaching, and learning. The vast expansiveness and open-ended nature of our frameless whiteboard coated surfaces bring out the best ideas and thinking abilities in staff, teachers, and students alike.

All it takes to create your own huge whiteboard canvas in a business office, retail shop, classroom, residence, or other venue is to apply one layer of the top-quality dry erase coating over a suitable base paint. In this way you can have a surface that’s highly durable, non-porous (impermeable to marker ink), easily written on, economical, attractive, immune to ghosting and smudging, and warranted for ten-plus years of continuous use before needing replacement. Whether you choose to call it whiteboard coated or dry erase coated, your wall will be much larger and more accessible than any standard dry erase board made of melamine, porcelain steel, or glass and be as easy to write on, erase, and clean as the highest quality traditional whiteboard money can buy.

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September Whiteboard Wall Quotes

The Bringer of Autumn’s Joys

Every new month creates its own sense of renewal, but there’s something special about the thirty days of September. For one thing, autumn begins during this transitional month. With the coming of the fall equinox, the hours of daylight dwindle, and the days become cooler and shorter. But there’s still plenty of sunshine, and the warmth lingers on, thankfully not as intense as the heat of mid-summer. And apples are in season along with countless apple-scented and apple-flavored foods, drinks, and household items. Can you smell the luscious fragrance of an apple-scented candle right now?

Let’s not overlook the cooler evenings perfect for walks in nature or times spent by the fire with friends or loved ones. Best of all, fewer mosquitoes and other insects are around to “bug” us during outdoor events. To celebrate this special month, you can periodically post the following September quotes and sayings on your dry erase wall throughout the month and keep them in mind as you plan your daily or weekly activities, all the while valuing September’s unique character and taking pleasure in every precious day.

Whiteboard Wall Quotes

On the Positive Qualities of September
1. “September days are here with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
– Helen Hunt Jackson (US poet, writer, and activist)

2. “There is a clarity about September. On clear days, the sun seems brighter, the sky more blue, the white clouds take on marvelous shapes; the moon is a wonderful apparition, rising gold, cooling to silver; and the stars are so big.”
– Faith Baldwin (US author), Evening Star

3. “Happy we who can bask in this warm September sun, which illumines all creatures, as well when they rest as when they toil, not without a feeling of gratitude.”
– Henry David Thoreau (US naturalist and author)

4. “All the months are crude experiments, out of which the perfect September is made.”
– Virginia Woolf (English writer)

5. “Let’s strive to be better in September!”
– Charmaine J. Forde (US author)

6. “Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul, but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”
– Peggy Toney Horton (US author and blogger)

7. “No matter how many losing seasons you might have had in the past with your marriage, the good thing is that all teams get a fresh start once September begins.”
– Shon Hyneman (US author and blogger)

8. The morrow was a bright September morn. The earth was beautiful as if newborn. There was nameless splendor everywhere, that wild exhilaration in the air, which makes the passers in the city street congratulate each other as they meet.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (US poet)

9. “But when fall comes, kicking summer out as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays a while like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
– Stephen King (US author)

10. “Remember to be your brother’s keeper in September.”
– Ernest Agyemang Yeboah (Ghanian writer and teacher)

11. “In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer’s dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us.”
– Brene Brown (US professor, lecturer, author. and podcast host

12. “September tries its best to have us forget summer.”
– Bernard Williams (English moral philosopher)

Thoughts on Nature in September

13. “Spring scarce had greener fields to show than these of mid-September. Through the still warm noon the rivulets ripple forth a gladder tune than ever in the summer. From the trees dusk-green, and murmuring inward melodies.”
– Edward Dowden (Irish critic and poet)

14. The dry scent of a dying garden in September. The wind fanning the ash of a low fire. What I love is near at hand, always, in earth and air. – Theodore Roethke (US poet)

15. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
– J.K. Rowling (British author)

16. “September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes (US jurist)

17. “High up on Monte Salvatore the window of some shepherd’s hut opened a golden eye. The roses hung their heads and dreamed under the still September clouds, and the water splashed and murmured softly among the pebbles of the shore.”
– E.L. Voynich (Irish-born UK novelist and musician)

18. “The September storms – the hurricane warnings far away, the sudden gales, the downpour of rain that we have so badly needed here for so long – are exhilarating, and there’s a promise that what September starts, October will carry on, catching the torch flung into her hand.”
– Faith Baldwin (US author), Evening Star

19. “Now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head. The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.”
– Robert Finch (US author)

On Memories of Septembers Past

20. “That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air. Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”
– Wallace Stegner (US novelist), Angle of Repose

21. “September morn. Do you remember how we danced that night away? Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play. September morning still can make me feel this way.”
– Neil Diamond (US singer-songwriter and actor)

22. “Nostalgia—that’s the Autumn,
Dreaming through September
Just a million lovely things
I always will remember.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Former First Lady of the United States)

23. “On a certain day in the blue-moon month of September
Beneath a young plum tree, quietly
I held her there, my quiet, pale beloved
In my arms just like a graceful dream.”
– Bertolt Brecht (German playwright and poet)

24. “The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school.”
– Mary Antin (Jewish immigrant and immigration-rights activist)

25. “My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.” – Oprah Winfrey (US talk show host, producer, actress, author, and philanthropist)

26. “September 11 — I will never forget feeling the boosted sense of unity and pride. I will never forget seeing the courageous actions of so many men and women. I will never forget seeing people of all backgrounds working together in community. I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy. I will never forget seeing what love can heal.” ― Steve Maraboli (US writer)

27. “September was a thirty-day long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather and the exhausting but thrilling adventures.”
– Lea Malot (French author)

28. “The September 11th tragedy forced us all to look at the world in a different way, and it reminds us all of the importance of living every moment.”
– Joanne Woodward (US actress, producer, and philanthropist)

29. “September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.”
– Bill Frist (US physician, businessman, and politician)

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What Kinds of Team Meetings Are Really Necessary?

What Kinds of Team Meetings Are Really Necessary?

Unlike human beings, all business and organizational meetings are not created equal. When deciding on whether to hold a meeting or to use another communication strategy with your team members, you should first consider what type of meeting you need to host. In fact, a number of different meeting formats exist, i.e. whiteboard wall meetings and you can try various options if your present team get-togethers are not as productive and informative as you would like.

Most meetings can be placed into a handful of general categories. The following are some meeting types that typically can’t be replaced with a different means of communication, such as an email or a phone call.

Whiteboard Wall Brainstorming Sessions

Coming up with creative ideas for product launches, new marketing strategies, company website content, and the like can be extremely challenging, even for those who are creative by nature. When team members try to think of innovative ideas on their own, progress is generally difficult to make. For this reason, brainstorming sessions are a vital and necessary aspect of business and organizational life. Although such gatherings are usually less rigidly structured than formal staff meetings and so may feel as if they’re not very productive, simply getting team members’ creative juices flowing and letting them feed off of one another’s thoughts can generate some highly original insights and plans.

Make Your Brainstorming Meetings More Productive with a Whiteboard Wall
Expecting to give birth to an amazing breakthrough at every brainstorming session you hold is a common form of wishful thinking. Pressuring yourself and your team to always produce an outcome can curb creativity and encourage team members to avoid speaking out for fear that they may sound silly or come up with an “incorrect” solution to the problem at hand.

By using the huge open surface of a whiteboard wall, you can ask your team members to call out any ideas that come to mind and then write them all down on the wall, even those that may seem outlandish or unworkable at the time. Then wait until the meeting has ended to sort through the “good” and “bad” ideas to arrive at a tentative plan of action. The objective of productive brainstorming sessions is not to arrive at the perfect outcome every time, but to get the team’s mental juices flowing so that ideas can be more fully developed later.

Expand the Scope and Effectiveness of Meetings with a Smart Marker
Also, with a whiteboard coated wall, it’s effortless to conduct group brainstorming sessions even if some of your team members are located in different states or countries because premium whiteboard coated surfaces may be used in conjunction with Smart Markers, which are regular dry erase markers, preferably low odor, placed into a special smart sleeve that’s connected electronically to a sensor on your Whiteboard Wall. The sleeve’s internal memory is able to store digitized markings made with a marker. Using this high-tech strategy, you can make your team meetings more collaborative and fruitful by streaming the content produced on your whiteboard coated wall in real-time to all the people in attendance, whatever country or state they may be in. Moreover, the sleeve is able to convey the action at your meeting to others worldwide with the applicable smartphone apps or computer software. The sleeve can also send data to cloud services, making your gatherings genuinely international and bringing the traditional notion of a staff meeting, seminar, or brainstorming session to a whole new level of functionality and collaboration.

In this way, you can transform your whiteboard surface into an enormously effective and potent group communication tool. By coating your office or cubicle wall, desktop, tabletop, or other convenient surface with whiteboard paint, you can quickly create a medium for group interaction by employing Smart Marker technology in combination with your projector or flat-screen display. Quickly use text and graphics to interact with worldwide team members so that all can be linked up and provide input and responses to other’s ideas. You can transfer and live stream the contents written on your whiteboard wall to your desk computer or laptop, then invite your distant colleagues to survey your work in real-time and participate by making comments remotely.

Onboarding Meetings

Bringing someone new to your working team typically involves numerous one-on-one conversations, training sessions, and informal meetings. You and your new team member need to get to know one another, and the team member needs to fully recognize his or her role in the team dynamic and in the company or organization as a whole. Although some aspects of onboarding can be dealt with on an impersonal basis, it’s difficult to effectively receive new employees into the fold and fully inform them about their duties, company policies, and the like without a few person-to-person or video call meetings. So, communicating via email is not a viable option in this case.

Making Onboarding Meetings More Fruitful
Always develop a plan before each onboarding meeting, whether it’s going to be personalized or with your whole team. Establish an objective or intended goal so that all the participants understand the purpose of the discussion. This approach helps your new employees to understand what’s expected of them right away so that they can concentrate on the right content. It also ensures that your present team members come to the meeting prepared and that the first item on the agenda can be initiated with the right tone. Even if the only reason for the meeting is for everyone to get acquainted with one another and have some fun together, make that apparent in a memo to the team that you send beforehand.

Project and Client Kickoff Meetings

Embarking on a new project or starting a relationship with a new client requires communicating a great deal of information that often involves fine details and concepts that are hard to get across to others in an email or chat. Therefore, conducting a face-to-face kickoff meeting is the best option because it lets both your team members and your clients discuss anticipated outcomes, appropriate work strategies, and personal viewpoints without filling up a feed or providing the chance for vital data to go missing in a lost email or an undelivered text message.

All of your team members can ask questions and express their opinions about their personal roles and responsibilities vis-a-vis the upcoming project. And with everyone involved present at the same meeting, various teams and departments can come to recognize how each person’s job assignments fit into the greater whole in order to achieve the desired results. The use of a whiteboard coated wall can be extremely helpful in this context, as the large writing area of the wall will allow every team member to write down the relevant project notes or presentation for others while talking through them in front of the wall and receiving feedback from the client and team members. Due to the easy erasability of the wall, corrections and adjustments can be made on the fly as the meeting progresses and everyone has a chance to present their data.

Kickoff meetings are meant to create enthusiasm in the minds of clients and to present complete synopses of the progress of project plans up to the present time. These whiteboard wall meetings help you and your team members better understand project goals and the steps required to reach them, while also allowing clients to become more confident in the company’s ability to deliver on its promises. Just as in football, after the kickoff, the game starts in earnest and the players (team members) and coaches (managers) assume their respective roles in reaching the goal — a successful outcome for the client.


Having a Dry Erase Wall in Your Classroom Can Change Your Life

No matter what your experience as a teacher may be, and whether you teach at any level from preschool to college, in a private or public school setting, applying top-quality dry-erase paint to your classroom walls can significantly change your life as an educator and also the lives of your students as learners. From doing daily lessons to brainstorming ideas for class projects to creating storyboards for the upcoming class play, the immense, durable, and easy-to-use surface of a dry-erase painted wall allows for infinite levels of personal and professional transformation.

Many Teachers Find Their Classroom Walls Need Serious Upgrades

On your first day at your current school, when you entered your classroom for the first time, you no doubt looked around and had a variety of first impressions about the room’s interior decor, ranging from “That looks good” to “Wow, this really needs some improvement!” Generally speaking, the average school, college, or university classroom is large enough to accommodate a reasonable number of students based on the school’s population, and the lighting is at least sufficient so that students and teachers can easily see what’s going on during lessons and other activities. But oftentimes, the elements of the classroom that stand out the most upon first glance and seem to need upgrading are the walls, which often become major eyesores after years of use by teachers as posting areas, and from general wear and tear.

The Use of Classroom Walls by Previous Teachers Creates Telltale Signs of Wear

The paint on classroom walls can often be lifted off and punctured in various places due to teachers’ use of sticky tape, tacks, staples, or push pins to mount countless posters, maps, charts, and other objects on the walls. In such cases, when the posted items are removed, the tape invariably rips paint from the walls, and the pins, staples, or tacks leave puncture marks that can’t be removed without the use of putty or spackling compound. When new teachers encounter such irregular and unsightly surfaces, they typically know right away that it will be hard to look at them on a daily basis and that some serious upgrading is in order.

What Can Teachers do to Remedy the Situation?

You may be a teacher who has inherited such well-worn and unattractive classroom walls from another teacher or just feel that your current walls need a significant makeover. If so, instead of getting the walls recoated with ordinary latex paint, it would be much more creative and practical to have them decorated with highly writable and easily erased premium dry-erase paint. In doing so, you’ll find that the massive open canvases of the resulting dry-erase walls will become your best and most reliable teaching tools, so you’ll be inspired to use them every day for every lesson you teach and for countless other school-related tasks.

Take Your Walls from Boring to Exciting with One Dry-Erase Paint Makeover

Dry-erase painted walls are the perfect solution to the drab look and lack of usefulness common to regular painted walls, which serve no purpose except as occasional posting areas for notices, maps, and the like, or as projector screens for video presentations. So, if you put in a request to have your classroom walls coated with dry-erase paint and get an approval, just contact the knowledgeable customer support team at ReMARKable for a consultation about your requirements. They can give you all the information you need about ordering top-quality dry-erase paint to take your classroom to a new level of functionality and aesthetic appeal.

How Long Will it Take to Get Dry-Erase Paint Installed in Your Classroom?

Once your application to have dry-erase paint installed in your classroom is approved, it will take only 45 minutes or less to apply our top-quality eco-friendly product after its two components are mixed together. Then, the dry time is just a short two days, the fastest curing time on the market for any dry-erase paint, thus allowing you to begin writing and drawing on your new surface more quickly than you could with harmful epoxy-based paints. In addition, because our environmentally friendly paint is practically odor-free and extremely low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), you and your students will never be exposed to any hazardous fumes throughout the entire time the walls are used.

The Transformative Power of Dry-Erase Walls in Teaching and Learning

One of the favorite activities of teachers who use dry-erase walls is to arrange their students in small groups in front of the walls to work on collectively solving math problems. The groups can each be given a section of the wall to write on and then be asked to show all of the calculations they make in order to arrive at a solution. Next, when the time for the activity is up, the groups can easily compare the work displayed on the walls, and you can observe how efficiently and accurately each group worked. Then grades can be given to each team if desired.

Dry-Erase Markers and Erasing Cloths can be Hung on the Walls for Easy Access

One of the concerns that teachers sometimes have is that students need dry-erase markers to write and microfiber cloths to erase with when using the walls, and checking these items out and back in all the time with the teacher can be a hassle. As an alternative, markers and cloths can easily be attached to dry-erase painted walls through the use of Ziploc bags and GoodHangups, a creative new magnetic hanging system for putting up posters, photos, notices, and other items. GoodHangups consist only of a magnetic sticker and a magnet, so they require no drilling into a dry-erase wall for mounting. Using these novel devices, you can put Ziploc bags on your walls to hold markers and microfiber cloths that students can access for writing or drawing during class time.

Students Truly Appreciate Having Dry-Erase Painted Walls in the Classroom

Students love the broad, open surfaces of dry-erase walls because they offer virtually unlimited room to express creativity and do classroom activities that would be more limited in scope if small surfaces like traditional framed whiteboards were used. Students also become highly motivated when they have the chance to engage in student-focused learning with the walls in groups and enjoy the opportunity to be in control of their work through the process. They control the words they write, the calculations they perform, and the outcomes they achieve. Also, for less outgoing students, working in small groups on a dry-erase painted wall boosts self-confidence because even though they may be shy, these students can feel a sense of accomplishment when their group solves a math problem correctly or does some other type of work that turns out well. For more outgoing students, working in groups on a dry-erase wall allows for the expression of their natural leadership abilities in having the chance to direct groups during problem-solving sessions or other types of class or extracurricular activities.

Dry-Erase Walls Make for Better and More Productive Teachers and Students

Having premium dry-erase painted walls in your classroom can quickly change your life and the lives of your students for the better. The walls offer fantastic instructional possibilities that allow you to become a more effective teacher and, in turn, allow your students to become better and more creative learners. After only a short amount of time having dry-erase walls in the classroom, you’ll no doubt get to the point where you can’t see yourself teaching without them. And you’ll soon be recommending them highly to every teacher you know as well.

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Working Whiteboard Wall: The Foundation of a Well-equipped Home Office
Working walls, also known as research walls, inspiration boards, research boards, design walls, and ideation walls, are large vertical surfaces used for displaying information, projects, actions, decisions, and ideas so as to enhance the thinking processes of individuals or teams in business, design, science, and other fields. The core notion underlying working walls is that physically placing sources of inspiration and work in progress in public view and engaging with them can help team members rearrange and expand their ideas and so come up with groundbreaking insights. In the design field, working whiteboard walls have also been called “artful surfaces” that externalize work-related activities to support designers’ day-to-day ways of working and thinking.

Types of Working Whiteboard Walls

Among the various types of working whiteboard walls are the following.
1. Ideation Walls
Ideation walls help in simplifying each stage of a process or plan and in promoting creative thought. They also assist teams in developing a focused approach to a problem or project by allowing them to display and study large amounts of information at once and keep track of changes in data and ideas.
2. Project Walls
Project walls are excellent for displaying information and images. With respect to reaching due dates, maintaining the flow of a project’s essential parameters, and assessing work in progress, it is crucial to make the information as visible as possible so teams can stay united in their efforts and aware of exactly what’s going on at any given moment and what might be happening next.
3. Roadmap Walls
Roadmap walls provide an ideal way to represent processes or successions of elements in ongoing projects, especially those that extend over long periods. They offer a way to identify difficulties and opportunities that arise throughout a project’s progression.

The Functions of Working Whiteboard Walls

Working whiteboard walls keep teams motivated in order to reach collective goals, and encourage others to learn, give feedback and share insights and information through visuals. These powerful thinking tools originated in the design field and were later adopted for use in classrooms, business offices, research labs, and other settings. Working whiteboard walls can accelerate and stimulate each stage of the thinking process and offer unique benefits that encourage highly creative thought.

The walls can help colleagues empathize with and get feedback from one another and from clients; bring focus to a large quantity of information; encapsulate the thought-generating process; display low-fidelity trial products and prototypes that teams and users can interact with, and keep a record of how creative ideas emerge and are tested over time.

These wall-sized displays on vertical surfaces can thus be used to stimulate user collaboration, allowing for easy visualization and making them especially useful for projects such as consumer research. Working walls are graphic media that assist in the attainment of goals and targets and the development of ideas. To support the growth of these ideas, the content of a working wall changes frequently, thus empowering and driving creative teamwork.

Whiteboard walls used as working walls are eco-friendly

But how can working walls be adapted for use in today’s ever-growing number of work-from-home environments? One highly practical, eco-friendly, and cost-effective way is to install a top-quality whiteboard coated wall, a large, durable, and easy-to-use writing and drawing surface that can make an effective working whiteboard wall without having to mount a tack board, which is the most common surface used to create working walls. Such boards are limited in size and, when made of cork, deteriorate from users continually inserting and removing push pins and thumbtacks over time. Also, cork is a plant-based product derived from tree bark and thus has natural defects, grooves, and cracks that can make the surfaces of conventional working walls uneven and may shorten their lifespans.

By comparison, high-quality eco-friendly whiteboard coated walls are exceptionally smooth and durable, and unlike cork-covered tack boards, can be written and drawn on and easily erased for ten-plus years of normal use. Every square inch of wall space in your home office provides a chance for you to be creative and to encourage yourself and your virtual team members to engage in productive interactions and joint decision-making through the use of a whiteboard coated wall, which can also function as a working wall.

Another material used for making tack boards is fabric-backed vinyl. Although more durable than cork, this product is non-eco-friendly, as one of its major components is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is considered the most environmentally damaging form of plastic being produced today. The process of manufacturing vinyl has significant ecological impacts, as it involves producing the gas vinyl chloride, the building block of PVC, which is known to cause cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that containment of vinyl chloride at plants where it’s made is often inadequate, so the gas sometimes escapes into the surrounding air, water, and soil, causing a serious threat to plants, animals, and humans.

Also, because of the vinyl chloride and other ingredients used in its manufacture, vinyl emits hazardous volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) into the air for a period after installation. These toxic substances reduce the air quality in the immediate environment and can cause respiratory problems for those nearby. Thus, using a vinyl-covered tack board as a working wall can make the work-from-home office space a toxic environment, especially for those with sensitive respiratory systems.

Whiteboard walls eliminate the need to use strings for connecting items

With traditional working walls that consist of cork or vinyl tack boards, users in business offices, schools, police departments, and other settings typically pin or tack pieces of paper with relevant textual data, sketches, maps, and photos onto the walls. In this way, team members or students can see the various ideas, images, and bits of information involved in specific business projects, school lessons, criminal cases, and the like. Then pieces of string are often strung between the various items on the walls to show their interrelationships.

However, if a whiteboard wall is used as a working wall in the home office, there is no need to use pushpins and tacks to display items and strings to connect them. Instead, items can be hung on the wall through the use of GoodHangups, an innovative magnetic hanging system that may be used to post discussion topics, photos, maps, and other items relevant to a project being planned or executed. GoodHangups can be easily removed and reused, and they entail no drilling of holes into your wall. By using this unique system on a working whiteboard wall, you can fasten items in various places then use dry erase markers instead of string to make lines showing the connections among the items. In this way, you will avoid the hassle of having to stretch pieces of string between objects on your working wall and then having to remove and replace the strings when connections between objects change. Thus, with a whiteboard wall, each time a modification needs to be made, you can simply erase the lines you drew between items and draw new ones to reflect the new relationship.

The benefits of working whiteboard walls

The following are some of the many benefits offered by working whiteboard walls.

They provide a central reference point for presenting information. Considering the vast amount of data that emerge from team discussions during virtual meetings, it’s easy to lose track of what’s said. Thus, using a working whiteboard wall as an information hub for posting ideas, facts, and diagrams helps teams that work remotely to feel as engaged in and connected to a project as they would be in a regular office setting.

Working whiteboard walls also stimulate “outside the box” ways of thinking and thus help to generate new ideas. Coming up with innovations in project development is often challenging and requires inspiration, so you can use your wall to accelerate the ideation process, draw sketches, and create mockups that help team members make connections and produce breakthroughs.

Finally, the visual cues displayed on working whiteboard walls produce cross-contextual reminders about meaningful discussions, decisions, and thoughts that may jog the collective memory and keep you and your virtual colleagues interested and engaged in your work.

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Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Whiteboard Paint Reduces the Need for Electronic Devices

Of the many environmental benefits of applying ReMarkable dry erase paint, one of the greatest is that it reduces the use of electronic products such as tablets and laptops, which generate an enormous quantity of waste that has devastating effects on Earth’s environment. As the amount of e-waste dramatically increases year by year, solutions for its proper recycling have lagged far behind. Although it is essential to give e-waste items to a certified recycling company that meets strict requirements for handling these materials, many individuals and businesses fail to do so. Their old electronics end up in landfills, producing toxic results for our air, water, and soil. The main hazardous substances to be found in discarded electronic products are lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, yttrium, chromium, beryllium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, antimony trioxide, halogenated flame retardants, tin, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. The presence of these and other toxins in our planet’s ecosystem can be greatly reduced through the use of whiteboard-painted walls in place of electronic devices.

Huge amounts of electronic scrap

poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. Shortages in raw materials needed to make electronics have brought forth a new industry called “urban mining.”

The start of the 21st century has witnessed the generation of huge amounts of electronic scrap, whose careless recycling in both developed and developing nations poses a great risk both to the environment and to public health. As more people buy electronic gadgets, manufacturers are starting to experience shortages of the raw materials needed to make their products, so reclaiming and reusing the constituents of discarded e-products, called “urban mining,” makes good financial sense. A recent study conducted in China revealed that traditional mining of copper, gold, silver, and aluminum from ore is 13 times more costly than recovering these metals through the urban mining of electronic waste.

E-waste recycling involves taking old electronic devices apart

making it an expensive undertaking. Many companies illegally export e-waste to 3rd world nations where recycling is much cheaper but more destructive to the planet.

Proper or formal e-waste recycling typically involves taking old electronic devices apart, separating and categorizing their contents by material, and then cleaning them. Items are then mechanically shredded for further sorting through the use of advanced separation equipment. Companies that perform this service must adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and use pollution-control technologies that reduce the environmental and public health hazards of handling e-waste. All these procedures make formal recycling an expensive undertaking. As a result, many companies and countries illegally export their e-waste to developing nations where recycling methods are more cost-effective but also much more destructive to the planet.

In the unindustrialized nations where much of this illegal e-waste processing occurs, air pollution levels and concentrations of heavy metals are especially high around so-called “recycling plants,” as compared to other regions. These sites are typically backyard operations where impoverished local residents process the obsolete electronics by hand, separating them into parts to extract valuable metals such as gold, silver, and copper before disposing of the rest in landfills. Some metals and plastics are melted down, and those materials that can’t be feasibly processed accumulate in massive dumps near inhabited places and waterways. Sometimes, toxic fumes are inhaled directly as metals from the parts are burned in open bonfires.

Air-quality in e-scrap yards have highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins known

due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

A typical site where these crude e-waste recycling methods are used is a cluster of villages in southeastern China known as the world’s largest dumping ground for electronic scrap from the United States. There local villagers remove solder from circuit boards over coal-fired grills, burn plastic casings from wires to extract the copper, silver, and mine gold by soaking computer chips in pools of hydrochloric acid. An air-quality study conducted in the area found that it had some of the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world due to its e-waste industry. Dioxins are a group of chemically related compounds that are considered persistent environmental pollutants (POPs).

Dioxins are found around the globe in local ecosystems, where they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. These chemicals are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental issues, damage the immune system, interfere with the action of hormones, and cause cancer. Due to their potentially lethal nature, prevention or reduction of human exposure is best accomplished through direct measures, such as strict control of e-waste recycling processes to reduce the production of dioxins. Another approach is the application of ReMARKable whiteboard painted walls in schools, offices, and other facilities to reduce the use of electronic devices, which are some of their main sources.

E-waste recycling is detrimental to the health of the workers

Chronic exposure to the pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals like lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood.

For the above-mentioned reasons, the current global recycling system is detrimental to the health of the workers who improperly handle e-waste without protection from dangerous materials and is also a direct cause of contamination in the surrounding environment. Chronic exposure to the atmospheric pollution emitted from e-waste dumpsites causes high concentrations of heavy metals such as lead, copper, zinc, nickel, barium, and chromium to be present in human blood and may be related to hypertension, abnormally low levels of blood oxygen, and other conditions in people working in or living near the sites. The trigger for the air-polluting effect of e-waste is the fact that when the material is heated by overexposure to the sun, for instance, these metals along with other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere, causing one of e-waste’s most harmful effects.

Lead is found in almost all Electronic devices

which are becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When lead is released into the environment near these dumpsites, it can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Regarding lead, almost all electronics contain it, and today these devices are growing in number and becoming obsolete at an astounding rate. When discarded, some of our most advanced technological devices represent rapidly expanding and often unregulated exposure to this highly poisonous metal, which plagued even the ancient Romans. A University of Florida environmental scientist recently studied the ecological impact of the lead found in 12 different types of electronic items commonly discarded in landfills. In a report sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he presented his finding that the items leached lead at concentrations above the EPA threshold for categorizing a type of waste as hazardous. When released into the environment near these dumpsites, lead can damage the blood, kidneys, and nervous systems of people in the area.

Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, and computer chips

In large doses, arsenic is lethal along with being a known carcinogen, cited to trigger skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

The air around e-waste dumps is also high in arsenic, various acids, and other potentially toxic chemicals, including mercury and brominated flame retardants. Concerning arsenic, the reckless disposal of e-waste constitutes one of the most common sources of the inorganic form of this poison. Arsenic is present in circuit boards, LCD displays, computer chips, and other electronic components, and as these parts accumulate in landfills, the arsenic present seeps into the surrounding land, affecting its soil chemistry and possibly the contents of groundwater as well. The presence of arsenic in groundwater and soil has varying effects on different organisms and may be harmful to both land and sea animals. In humans, ingesting arsenic in low doses causes irritation of the digestive system, and in large doses, it’s lethal. Arsenic is also a known carcinogen, being cited as a trigger for skin cancer, liver cancer, and other forms of the disease.

Health risks with chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater also exist

The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Another common method of e-waste disposal is to simply burn the unusable parts after sorting. Introducing arsenic into the atmosphere in this way also has serious implications for human and animal health. For example, research by the National Cancer Institute has shown a linear relationship between inhaling arsenic and the development of lung cancer, as well as a wide range of nervous disorders. Although many states in the US have enacted landfill bans for most consumer electronics and appliances, the dangers associated with the chemicals from e-waste leaching into soil and groundwater remain. The potential threat to groundwater quality is of special concern in those states that have yet to enact landfill-ban legislation to control such waste.

Considering the many harmful environmental consequences related to electronic waste disposal, choosing economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly ReMARKable Whiteboard Paint is a sensible alternative for all types of applications since it minimizes the need for laptops, tablets, and other devices, providing a highly flexible medium for conveying information and ideas in offices, schools, and other settings.

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Hosting an Effective Meeting with a Whiteboard Wall
Holding a successful business meeting is a bit like landing a space module on the planet Mars. Keeping track of the seemingly infinite variables involved in the process appears hopeless, and conducting the perfect team gathering never seems to work out quite as you had planned. But unproductive company meetings aren’t as inevitable as they may seem. With the right communication tools and a touch of inspiration, you can conduct the meeting of your dreams every time you and your team members get together. One such communication tool is the premium whiteboard wall, which offers a highly durable and virtually endless space for presenting facts, expressing opinions, and coming up with creative ideas for product launches, marketing schemes, and the like.

Make meetings a team activity

To have your meetings become more than personal lectures by you, the organizer, it’s a good idea to take regular advantage of the distinctive viewpoints, experiences, and skillsets of your team members at all of your business get-togethers. Doing so can provide you with great opportunities to make your meetings more efficient, collaborative, and worthwhile, thus enhancing your company’s creativity, productivity, and bottom line.

Organize a Discussion

With the appropriate organization and guidance, collective dialog can bring about a more engaging meeting and generate more new and unique solutions to problems than a traditional lecture, even when a question-and-answer session is included. Devoting a specific segment of your meeting schedule to a brainstorming session is an excellent way to stimulate such group dialog. As the meeting coordinator, your job is to outline the goals of the session and to work in conjunction with your team to expand on ideas they come up with during the brainstorming process. With small groups, it’s easy to encourage free conversation among all the members present, but with large groups, it’s difficult. Thus, it’s more effective to separate the participants in a large meeting into smaller clusters then reunite them after a specific time period to discuss everyone’s ideas in the large group context.

Use Your Whiteboard Wall to Practice “Brainwriting”

Brainstorming is a key part of meetings where top-quality whiteboard-coated walls come into play. For both small and large gatherings, the quality of group discussions can be optimized by using the vast canvas of a whiteboard wall. In smaller meetings, a massive whiteboard wall provides ample room for everyone in attendance to brainstorm together through the use of mind maps, free association, and a host of other methods. In large meetings, however, it’s best to make use of the ample writing area of a whiteboard wall by first dividing the participants into small groups then asking them to use different segments of the wall to record their individual brainstorming ideas.

One novel brainstorming approach that’s popular today is known as “brainwriting.” In this partially nonverbal method, the participants use pieces of paper to write down three original ideas related to the session’s topic. Then after a designated number of minutes, the team members pass their ideas to the individuals on their right, who build from these ideas, adding bullet points, new creative approaches, etc. Next, after another several minutes, all the participants pass the pieces of paper again until the papers have gone all the way around the group. Once the ideas have made it completely around the circle, the participants deliberate and choose which ones are best suited for further discussion.

By ensuring that everyone has a chance to contribute and by removing the common bias favoring the first idea presented, this strategy helps alleviate two of brainstorming’s most significant drawbacks — lop-sided conversations and the anchoring effect, whereby people rely too much on the first piece of information presented to draw subsequent conclusions during the decision making process.

Brainwriting can be even more effectively performed on the vast open surface of a whiteboard wall. Instead of using small pieces of paper to write down ideas related to the session’s topic, participants can write their thoughts on separate sections of the whiteboard wall in large lettering for all to see. Then after a set number of minutes, each team member can move to a different part of the wall and build on the ideas written by the previous writer, adding as much creative input as they want. Next, after another few minutes, the participants move again until they’ve given their input on all the sections of the wall written on by the group. Finally, now that the initial three ideas and subsequent contributions of all the participants have been posted on the wall, the group can review one another’s thoughts and choose those that are the most interesting and worthy of further discussion.

In such an exercise, compared to the cramped writing spaces of notepaper, the vast area of a whiteboard wall promotes more intensive levels of creative thought. Individuals tend to feel freer to express their novel ideas when confronted by the large open-ended surface of a whiteboard wall. Also, using a smooth-flowing dry erase marker as opposed to a small pen also tends to stimulate people to freely bring forth whatever is on their minds. These qualities can be of great benefit in practicing brainwriting because having much more space to write on in much larger letters tends to trigger ideas that might not arise when a person is confined to using 8 ½” by 11” notepaper as a writing surface.

Make Use of Free Association aka Rapid Ideation

In rapid ideation, meeting participants write down all the ideas that come to mind in a designated amount of time before anything is discussed, analyzed, or expanded upon. When practicing this brainstorming technique, you’ll have to establish a time limit, or else you’ll risk losing the feeling of urgency among your team members.

This brainstorming technique can be helpful in avoiding the common problem of having an idea shelved before it has a chance to grow and develop. By letting all meeting attendees bring forth their thoughts before any critiquing begins, rapid ideation eliminates the premature quashing of potentially great ideas and lets them flow out without constraints. The time limit can also help to prevent people from talking themselves out of an idea before they even begin sharing it with others—a frequent brainstorming mistake.

Use Your Whiteboard Wall as a Medium for Visual Aids

Including finely crafted visual components in your meeting presentations can enhance communications with team members, making them feel more engaged and interested in the content you present. Employing well-produced slides and other high-quality visual media such as films and diagrams can help participants to better comprehend and feel involved with your material, and a whiteboard wall is an ideal surface on which to perform such visual work. Designing and conducting graphic presentations are becoming increasingly essential tasks for doing business in today’s high-tech world of telecommuting and virtual communications.

Record All Significant Ideas and Input for Current and Future Reference

When you do a virtual meeting presentation, you should make a habit of writing down all the significant ideas and data put forward by the attendees on your whiteboard coated wall for all your team members to view and provide feedback on as the meeting progresses. Then you can erase and add more textual content and visuals whenever fresh ideas and information come up. The large dimensions and easy visibility of the content on your whiteboard wall will enhance the quality of your presentations, your communications with team members, and your team’s note-taking during virtual meetings, thus helping you to develop your individual brand and professional persona and boost your company’s productivity and profits. Then, after your virtual meetings are finished, you can take pictures of the results that you and the team members produced on the whiteboard wall and send them to the participants and other relevant parties for future reference and input.

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Balancing Job Duties and Daily Life in the Work-from-Home Environment

Balancing Job Duties and Daily Life in the Work-from-Home Environment

Working from home can be a daunting experience, even for long-time telecommuters, and it often requires a period of adjustment to develop a productive daily routine. In the work-from-home setting, distractions invariably come up throughout the day, so balancing job duties, health, family, and personal interests can seem impossible, and the boundary line between work and personal life can easily become blurred.
In the current global environment, most people lack the time to make an easy transition to working from home and planning an organized home work schedule, with pressure from household duties being high and timelines to finish remote projects short. Many who work remotely also have to care for children or parents, creating a situation in which people are doing two jobs at once. This can lead to burnout if telecommuters don’t take the time to focus on their own needs and plan their lives efficiently.

With the work-from-home lifestyle becoming ever more common around the world, it’s important for remote team members to establish clear limits between work time and personal time. In this way, you can become more productive in job-related tasks and feel less stressed. If you fail to establish limits and systems that help you stay focused on what you need to do, you’ll not only be less productive but may also end up becoming overly fatigued in both your work and daily life.

Fortunately, there are specific steps you can take to create boundaries and thus help yourself be productive in both work and household tasks during this challenging time. The following are some practical suggestions to assist you along the way.

Shut the Door to Your Work Space

By far, the most challenging aspect of working from home is the lack of physical separation between domestic life and work life. When you go to a business office, you know it’s a place to work. When you operate from home, however, domestic and job duties inevitably run together unless you set up a designated office area and go there when it’s time to do work-related tasks.

A space with a door that you can close is ideal because when you close it, you can maintain some degree of separation from the people you live with; otherwise, if they have the chance to walk in and talk to you, give you a hug, or socialize, they will. On the other hand, when they see that the door is closed, it’s a cue that you’re working and need some time that’s free of distractions. It might even be helpful to put an “at work” sign on the door to make it perfectly clear you need to be left alone.

Incidentally, eliminating distractions also relates to the virtual domain, so it’s a good idea to turn off notifications from Twitter, Slack, and other messaging platforms.

Divide up Your Time

This step is important because it allows you to be more productive than you would otherwise be. In most cases, when people work from home, it’s hard to keep a strict 9-to-5 schedule, especially with homeschooling duties and other domestic challenges to deal with. More important is to create a plan about how you’ll go about accomplishing your schedule of tasks in the time you have available. And an ideal place to keep such a schedule is the large open canvas of a whiteboard painted wall. Here you can record all the activities you need to complete in a given day, week, or month, and easily change the entries when necessary by erasing and rewriting. The great size of a whiteboard wall allows you to mark all the activities on your schedule in large print, making them easier to see and interact with. Although, according to psychologists, large lettering is not necessarily an aid to memory, unusually shaped and hard-to-read lettering is, so you can use an odd writing style when putting items on your agenda to help you remember exactly what to do and when to do it. Recent studies have shown that people recall much more material in science, history, language, and other fields when they study it in a font that’s both unfamiliar and also hard to read.

You can divide your time into chunks that cover the entire day. For example, you might create a morning chunk when you can quietly do writing projects before other family members are awake then respond to emails and texts in the same chunk of time. In the afternoon, you can make a block for doing research or participating in meetings, with each task scheduled so that they don’t interfere with other activities.

Using this approach will also make it easy to prioritize the day’s projects. If a colleague wants to have a virtual meeting, you can just offer them a time during the next chunk of your schedule. And if an unexpected task comes up, it will either need to fit into the suitable block of time in your schedule, or it will have to wait.

Keep a Time Log

Open a new spreadsheet on your laptop or desktop and write the days of the week along the top. Include half-hour blocks from 5 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. along the left side, then record what you do every day in this time log: sleep, make breakfast, work, go out on errands, etc. Do this every week, 168 hours, then archive the log, open a new spreadsheet, and keep tracking your time usage with your log. If you continue doing this, the way you think about and use your time will undoubtedly change. In fact, knowing exactly how your hours are spent each day will help you become more efficient, and you may come to realize that even in a jam-packed life, there is still space for other activities. Knowing where your time is spent will allow you to reassign segments of time from mundane pursuits such as web surfing to meaningful activities such as reading literary classics or taking up a musical instrument.

Keeping a time log can help you realize that you have the chance to ramp up your involvement in personal interests. However, the most important outcome of maintaining a log can be a newfound sense of time’s abundance, the recognition that you have a full life and have time to do what’s necessary to make it even more meaningful. Gaining this sense of time’s abundance requires only a few minutes each day to keep your log up to date.

Plan When to Quit Working

Just as important as being deliberate about how you use your time is being deliberate about when to quit working. This means no more last-minute emails or text messages. Just stop. You’ll always have plenty of work to do, but if you don’t decide when to stop working, your life will become unbalanced. You’ll keep working and won’t have enough time for other tasks such as household chores that also need to be done. Quitting work doesn’t just happen on its own, and if you wait until you’re wrapped up in a major project to try and determine where to stop, most often you won’t, and you’ll find a reason to just keep working past your designated quitting time.

As an alternative, when planning your day, decide on an exact time to quit, and when you reach that point, stop, even if you have more work to do than you did when you started. Quit, and avoid thinking about work. Then the next morning, you can make a new plan to get the rest of the work done. Just be sure that your next plan also includes a time to quit, which you can write in large letters on your whiteboard wall to help you remember.

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Because whiteboard walls are by nature large, multi-purpose, easy to use, and completely open-ended, they have immense potential for stimulating children’s innate creativity and engagement in homeschool learning. For this reason, they quickly become popular teaching resources for homeschooling parents, who encourage youngsters to use the walls to release their imaginations in independent or collaborative school work and recreational activities.

There’s a great deal that a top-quality open-ended teaching medium like a whiteboard wall can offer to foster free-thinking and inventiveness in young people’s minds. Due to their large, inviting surfaces and unlimited potential uses, children feel inspired to return to whiteboard walls again and again during the school day to doodle, create spontaneous artworks, write poetry, and do other activities. This inspirational quality is not as common with writing and drawing surfaces like notebook paper, flip charts, and traditional whiteboards, whose size limitations restrict the rapid flow of ideas and images coming from children’s minds, thus making these media less exciting to use.

Doodling and drawing on whiteboard walls enhance learning

Drawing on the vast open-ended canvas of a whiteboard wall, even when using a simple technique like doodling, triggers insights and discoveries that aren’t as likely to emerge with note pads, flip charts, or other small surfaces. When children draw an object or just randomly doodle, their minds become deeply attentive and focused. And it is this high level of attention that allows youngsters to become fully conscious of what they’re doing, which in turn helps them develop thinking skills that can be applied to schoolwork and to professional or business careers later in life.

This effect is amplified when children doodle or draw on a top-quality whiteboard-coated wall because studies show that using a large upright surface like a whiteboard wall greatly increases children’s creativity and engagement in school lessons. Working with dry erase markers on the vast open-ended canvas of a whiteboard wall is a lot more fun than writing and drawing using pencil and paper on a desk or tabletop with a limited amount of area to work on. Being horizontal surfaces, desks and tables also limit children’s use of their arm, hand, and back muscles, thus slowing the development of core strength, proper pencil grip, and other motor skills that children need to lead successful lives.

Drawing or doodling with a pencil or pen and paper is thus not only less exciting than working on a whiteboard wall but also less beneficial to children’s physical and mental development. For parents who want their homeschoolers to gain the most benefit for their bodies and brains while doing academic work, having them doodle, draw, and write on a whiteboard wall is an excellent option. And it is the element of fun that prompts young students to become more excited and engaged when working with a marker on a whiteboard wall than they would be working with pencil and paper.

Whiteboard walls make schoolwork more exciting

The freedom, expansiveness, and mobility of using a large area for school work make youngsters more interested in exploring new academic material and creative ideas. In addition, errors can be readily and cleanly erased from whiteboard walls, so there’s no need for kids to be concerned about leaving a messy smudged surface as they would when frequently erasing paper. In contrast to writing in a notebook or on a flip chart, writing with dry-erase markers on a whiteboard wall is more temporary and easily erased, and hence more able to stimulate the free flow of ideas. With a few quick swipes of a microfiber cloth, mistakes or unwanted writings will disappear so that new answers or thoughts can continue to be recorded until the correct solution or the best creative idea emerges.

Drawing, doodling, and writing on whiteboard walls reflects an age-old human tradition

Drawing, sketching, and doodling are time-honored human activities that help children to learn, free associate, and produce creative new ideas. Nowadays, the flood of branded blank sketchbooks, note pads, and journals on the market is helping to generate renewed interest in these pursuits. However, such paper-based materials have to be used while sitting near-horizontal surfaces such as tables, counters, or desks. And this position can hinder aspects of children’s psychomotor development by making them look down, hunch over, sit in a slouched posture, and limit their arm, wrist, and hand movements. By comparison, drawing or doodling on a whiteboard wall requires children to stand upright and use large sweeping motions to make images and write text, thus improving their skills in many important areas of physical and cognitive growth, including bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, and core strength.

It seems that the need to draw and doodle is hardwired into the human brain. In fact, among our early ancestors, the making of graphic markings on walls began long before the use of spoken language, as reflected in the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux in southern France. Thus, both random doodling and more methodical free-hand drawing have long been essential to human beings for conveying creative ideas and feelings.

The practice of writing on vertical surfaces like walls, called epigraphy, has also existed since time immemorial, with cases dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. So, when children write, draw, or doodle on a whiteboard wall, they’re engaging in a natural human activity that goes back for millennia. Epigraphy serves different functions from writing on horizontal surfaces such as tables, counters, and desks or typing on computers or laptops because wall writing cultivates improved eye-hand coordination, visual attention, and other skills that children need for success in their studies and in daily life.

Whiteboard walls facilitate seeing “the big picture”

Also, on the broad expanse of a whiteboard-coated wall, children can view large writings or drawings at a single glance, thus making it easier for them to “get the big picture” when studying maps in geography, timelines in history, or graphic content in other subject areas. Thus, by far the most effective and engaging epigraphic medium for homeschool use is a large high-quality whiteboard-coated wall.

The vast, flexible, and limitless nature of premium whiteboard-coated walls allow them to constantly adapt and grow in step with the needs and skill levels of homeschoolers as they develop physically, academically, and creatively. Thus, both the instructional uses and productive potential of whiteboard walls are never-ending for both parents and children. As such, a whiteboard-coated wall in the homeschool environment can become a highly valued resource that inspires endless amounts of imaginative, engaged, and distinctive work and entertainment.

Creative Work Enhances Self Esteem and Family Bonding

Another significant point to note is that working creatively on a whiteboard wall in the homeschool setting can help to raise children’s self-esteem and improve the quality of family bonds. Expressing their creative images and ideas easily and freely on a whiteboard wall helps children feel good about themselves, and the ongoing encouragement of parents can help in this process. When given challenging art assignments that are appropriate for their level and that they can draw with a reasonable amount of effort, kids will be delighted at their accomplishments. The feat of successfully completing such creative tasks will encourage children to try even more challenging work in the future, and with a parent’s ongoing supervision and support, this can easily be accomplished.

Such activities reinforce the bond between parents and children because they have so many ideas to share that can easily be expressed on a whiteboard-coated wall. Grandparents may also be included in the idea-sharing. Whoever kids choose to interact in this way, working on whiteboard walls will definitely make their creative activities fun and help to improve family relations in the process.

Dry Erase Wall