Teacher’s Favorite Tool

If you are a teacher, I’m sure you will be able to relate to this.

Any teacher who has something important for their students to remember will use a dry erase marker and write the math problems or test dates on the board.  These pens are as invaluable as chalk was 20 years ago.  Remember chalk?  How it sounded as you wrote?  How it got your fingers dry and white, and it managed to get on your face or clothes?  Remember the unforgettable sound that your fingernails made on the chalkboard when the chalk got so low, but you didn’t want to waste it, so you used it till it was almost gone?  Who could forget that?

Well, that’s all in the past now.  Now we have stinky pens that make you gag with the fumes.  Sometimes the boards won’t erase properly, so there’s a mixture of all the colors on the board.  And just when you have something really, really important to write, you take the cap off and try to write.  You discover the tip is worn down to almost nothing, and the pen is just about as dry as the bottom of the ocean without water. lol

The classroom I was in today was stocked with beautiful dry erase pens, all colors, red, green, blue and black, all brand new, odorless, even.  I’m happy to say, it’s the little things in life that give me pleasure. 

It’s nice to see how far we’ve come from the days of slamming two really large erasers together to clean them.  It makes me sneeze just thinking about it.

My picture today is a tribute to the new and improved chalk.

~ by joandayimages on January 27, 2011.

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