The ever witty wordsmith, Will Layman on the materiality of the teaching space. I think of this kind of stuff sometimes too--ink-smudged fingers as badges of honor, the ubiquitous rubber band around the wrist, and yardstick turned pointer/sword/snapper of attention on a varnished desk. Still, in the college classroom, I sometimes reach for that yardstick to point back at some term for emphasis or tap some student's desk to bring them back from daydreams. We talk a lot about meaning in educaton classes but how much attention do we pay to the daily, material parts of this work?
A Teacher Reviews "The White Board" as an Alternate to the Blackboard
by Will Layman
For decades I worked with the blackboard, enjoying the solid clacking of chalk against stony blackness of board. I liked my blackboard dark as Nebraska night -- no greenboard for me -- just flat plains of midnight awaiting my shooting stars of script: an equation, a formula, a homework assignment with poetic flair -- pp. 213-12, #3-23, odd. .....READ MORE