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:
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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