But we are different. Students choose us for this difference.
In your classroom, remember that you have a load of tech to help you. As teachers in a school like ours, it is our duty to provide an example to students on how this tech can be used. Simply. Effortlessly.
Whiteboards are great for unexpected things that come up in your lessons but they should never be the centre focus of your lesson. All teacher iPads have Notability. This is not merely an alternative at our disposal, it is a tool we need to learn to love (if you don't already). Whatever you write in class, or prepare for students before lessons, should be via Notability because a) students don't need to madly copy what you are writing due to the fact that you can then simply email the document to them, and b) your work as a teacher is easier - you only have to do the work up ONCE, and then reuse the same "board" month after month. This leads to consistency in your lessons, a lot less prep work for you, the ability to improve upon your lessons because you have a physical record of what you do, as well as giving the students the freedom to listen to you and really participate, as opposed to simply copying down notes that they may or may not refer to anyway.
Being mindful of how our school is marketed and the reasons why students choose to come here is important.
Don't make the whiteboard the focus of your lessons.
Don't bring paper/notebooks into the classroom as your aids. (save some trees)
Do learn how to make apps like Notability your best work-friend.
Keep your lesson plans (if you make them) on your iPad in a Notability file. It makes it easier for you day to day, and also makes it easier when a sub needs to be called as everything is already there.
If anyone needs a tutorial on how to embrace these ideas, just let me know!