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Old 10-17-2002, 12:58 AM   #1
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why do we still use chalk?
[list=1][*]it is messy[*]it is difficult to write with[*]it is difficult to clean off the board[*]it necessitates black boards, which make that horrid screeching noise[*]chalkdust[/list=1]

i guess its cheap. but that noise. its so annoying.

i just talked to a real class for the first time today at my university. i talked for about an hour-the whole time holding chalk. my black pants are now all chalky.

i cant help but think how much better my pants would look if we used white boards and erasable markers(like a focus group determining the color of your next toaster) instead of black board and chalk.
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Good question. There's nothing worse then leaning up against a black board. Your ass is covered with chalk and you don't even know it.

New classrooms should only have white boards.
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in high school, our physics teacher got a white-erase board instead.

those rock.
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Old 10-17-2002, 05:27 AM   #4
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but chalk is fun
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whiteboard pens arent environmentally friendly.

Though I think you'll find there are a lot less blackboards in use these days. Teachers/Lecturers seem to be using more OHP, whiteboard, data projectors etc

I'd like to add that OHPs are the worst thing to have to stare at for an hour.
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My political science instructor I had a couple years ago always went nuts with chalk. He had a real passion for government, and he would break all of the chalk because he'd be writing too fast and excitedly, and there would be dust all over the place. LOL
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I like chalk. I like the dust. I even like saying chalk. Chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk. So there.
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But, if it weren't for chalk...what would kids eat?!

I think everyone ate chalk sometime in their lives...I did!

White erase boards are really nice- their are so many different colors...

Chalk...it may be messy, and eating it might not look too nice(esp. colored chalk)! But, to extinct chalk is absolutly out of the question. Yeah, lets get rid of all the black boards in classrooms and replace them with white erase boards!

Sidewalk chalk is sometimes fun to play with...at least thats what my 2nd graders thought this summer!!
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But, if it weren't for chalk...what would kids eat?!

I think everyone ate chalk sometime in their lives...I did!
I did never eat chalk.

However, chalk is cool. It's funny seeing teachers having problems with writing with chalk on a wet black board!
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Good question. There's nothing worse then leaning up against a black board. Your ass is covered with chalk and you don't even know it.
what sort of classes do you take?
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only one of my teachers this semester uses the chalkboard. my history teacher, and he hardly does, only to write down a name or date.
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But, if it weren't for chalk...what would kids eat?!

haha!

This reminds me when I was a kid, I used to eat stones. Yes, stones! Sigh.

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im posting from a computer with a real low resolution monitor

it is obvious none of you care about the pants.
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The act of using chalk is inherently good because you can feel something tangible being transfered from your hand onto the board. It is a sensory experience.

I also like the smell.
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I care abotu the pants!!!!
I have a love/hate rship with chalk and its somehting high on my gripes list because i use it everyday.
It gets all over EVERYTHING, chalk dust falls all over books, the floor, into the cd player, up your nose, kids blow it across the room, in your hair, it breaks mid sentence and flies across the room, kids scratch their fingers down it, they drive u nuts asking you if they can draw on the board when its a rainy day, it gets all over the carpet, the cleaners never clean the board rail when they are supposed to every single day, and the kids also think its hilarious when youve leant on the blackboard to then have it all over your butt and they think they are soooo funny telling you so.
THE WORST PART IS THAT IT MAKES MY HANDS DRY AND IM SICK OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I now get so frustrated I hold it with a tissue.

However...the colours and pretty and it does brighten up a classroom.
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