As the trimester comes to an end, I have the chance to reflect with my chemistry students and ask them about course likes and dislikes. A major "like" that came out was the use of the Expo brand neon markers. I had heard about their use from Brian Bennett @bennettscience and how well they show up on the black lab tables. The markers can be found at Amazon,http://amzn.to/1doSHeH, Officemax, Staples, or practically anywhere that expo markers are sold. The package comes with five different colors and range in price from $5.00 to slightly over $10.00. Because of the cost, I do use them sparingly because they will run out quickly if used often.
Not quite sure what it is about them, but my students are always eager to use them and love writing and drawing on the tables. We have used them to show the graphing trends for gas laws, to draw pictures simulating different types of reactions, and for solving multiple stoichiometry problems. I absolutely love them for test review. When reviewing math problems for a test, I set out different problems on each of my eight lab tables. Students solve them using the markers. They show all their calculations on the table and then they use this visual representation of their work to describe their process for solving the problem to the rest of the class.
Once the students are done, the other students can take pictures of each of the examples. Some cleaner and a little elbow grease prepare the tables for the next class. I hope your students enjoy them as much as mine do.