Chalkboard not magnetic, what to do?

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  1. Olivesmom

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    Hello, my school moved buildings this year into an older building that has the original chalk boards. These boards are not magnetic which seems like a little thing but it is a big deal to me. Does anyone know of a way to magnetize these or get something to put over them that is magnetic? I was also thinking of making my own whiteboards out of shower tile to put over the chalk boards but then these probably wouldn't be magnetic either correct?
     
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    Depending on what you want to put on the board, I would get some of the magnetic tape and put a strip of it across the top of the board. Seems to work for me and hopefully might be helpful to you.
     
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    Shower board will not be magnetic, either.
    You can't "magnetize" a board.

    I did not have a magnetic board last year and tacked things above it. Another teacher tapes things to their board. Or you could put velcro strips on.
     
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    I have seen a paint that you can use to make anything magnetic. There is also a paint that will turn any surface into a white board. I don't know if there is a paint that will do both.
     
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    I just use painters tape to attach what I need to my non-magnetic board.. it's a bit of a pain, but it works & doesn't ruin the finish.
     
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    My board is also not magnetic, and, until you've had to deal with it, you don't know what a pain in the *** that can be.

    I meant to buy magnetic chalkboard paint and do my boards over again this summer, but there was construction at my school and I wasn't allowed in the room early enough to have time to do it. There's always next year!
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    Mine is not magnetic too:(. I have just been taping things to them.
     
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    I think I'm the only teacher at my school without a magnetic board.. but because of that, the janitor & maintenance guys like me the most. :) I had to have them remove the whole board last year because one of my sound/spelling cards fell behind it. Apparently my non magnetic board is about 1/8 of the weight of the magnetic boards.

    Someday I'll press the admin to get me a magnetic board, but not this year..
     
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    I too don't have a magnetic board. I don't think I would care except for the fact that every other room at my school has a magnetic board.
     
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    I found these little things at staples last year. They are sticky-backed thumb tack holders. They are little foam circles that stick to the board. I push a thumbtack through it and it works great.
     
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    Last year my white boards weren't magnetic either. It was a pain. I also had bought really cute magnets to use on the boards and they had to sit in a drawer all year. :(

    And the custodians at my school would poop bricks if we put paint anywhere near our boards. We can't even use any cleaner other than the white board cleaner or they flip out. Last year I had two separate custodians lecture me on cleaning the whiteboards.
     
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    Maybe one or two teachers have magnetic boards in my school. The rest of us have showerboards that hardly erase. I would be happy with a nice non-magnetic board!
     

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