Chalkboard, anyone?

I know, chalkboards are so 1980s. They are messy and dusty and make some people sneeze. But does anyone have a full-size one around anymore, or know someone who does? We’d like to photograph one for a graphic, and they are much more photogenic than whiteboards (even if they’re obsolete).

While I’m on the subject of design … um, this blog doesn’t really have one. I’m working on it. My sister also tells me that “The Education Report”  is an incredibly boring name. I’m fine with it, since I’m not into the cutesy puns that are so often associated with education, but if you have any ideas, send them along!

(I just have to make sure the name is not already in use. Someone in the newsroom came up with The Hall Monitor, for example, and I was crushed to find out that it was already the title of two other blogs.)

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Venus

    As a long-term teacher, I very much prefer chalkboards to whiteboards. Most teachers do. Whiteboards are hard to keep clean, and the markers dry up very quickly. I’ve had some that last as little as a single period, and they also emit noxious odors. Nope, gimme chalk, however dusty, any day.

    By the way, there are plenty of chalkboards all through the district. Just ask around.

  • Agapemo

    Call Richard Cooper at the OUSD Distribution Center (510.879.8363). He is an excellent man who will assist you!

  • Katy Murphy

    Thanks for the tip! And that’s interesting about the chalkboard preference that some teachers have. I never would have guessed.

  • Dan

    I teach part time and i hate whiteboards and much prefer chalkboards. Whiteboard pens die all the time, and the boards don’t erase well.

    On a separate note, i don’t like when people teach with powerpoint presentations. I feel that the audience tunes out, doesn’t bother to take notes because they can get the handout, etc.

    Are the budgets for individual OUSD schools public info?
    What percentage of OUSD 5th graders stay in the OUSD for middle school?
    (my general perception is that people think many of the elementary schools are ok, but that it gets worse after that)

  • http://ibabuzz.com?education Steve Weinberg

    The California Department of Education website shows that the number of sixth graders in about 10% lower than the number of fifth graders, but that the number of students testing Proficient or higher drops by 25%.

  • Ann Daniels

    Hi Katy,

    Yep, I’ve got a full-sized chalkboard (green) that you can photograph. I believe you know how to reach me. Keep up all the good work …