How to Create Reusable Worksheets

Although I love using the iPad for theory worksheets, having a low tech option is also a good idea. The cost of printing out multiple copies of worksheets quickly adds up, so I prefer to create reusable worksheets. Here’s the easy and practical way to reuse theory worksheets with your students:

How to Create Reusable Worksheets

Printing Worksheets

When printing reusable worksheets I prefer card, but standard paper is fine if that’s what you’ve got. Because I’m only planning on printing them once, I also print in full colour.

Laminating vs Dry Erase Pockets

Although Dry Erase Pockets can be used to create reusable worksheets, I prefer laminating for a few reasons:

  • It’s significantly cheaper
  • Once it’s done, it’s done (I don’t have to worry about swapping worksheets around)
  • I love laminating!

I’m considering starting a laminating addicts support group because I know I’m not the only music teacher who has a bit of an obsession 😉

Finding the Right Markers

Writing on laminated worksheets with whiteboard markers seems like the obvious solution, but is actually a terrible idea! After a while they start to leave streaks across the page which are pretty much impossible to remove. Washable markers are a much better option, and after a bit of trial and error I’ve found that Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers are the best.

For some reasons these particular markers work better than any others (avoid getting the Pip-Squeaks Skinnies, they’re easier to find but nowhere near as good!).

Wipe down the worksheet with a damp cloth and they’ll be ready to be used again and again!


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