As hi-tech a society as we are, we still use chalkboards in many in-class training and presentation situations.
What’s the most productive way to use a chalkboard? Here are the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for using a chalkboard efficiently:
- Keep the chalkboard clean.
- Erase all irrelevant material.
- Keep chalk, erasers, cleaning cloths, rulers, and other aids readily available to avoid interruption of the presentation.
- Organize and practice chalkboard presentation in advance.
- Write or draw large enough for everyone in the group to see.
- Do not overcrowd the chalkboard. :eave a margin around the material and sufficinet space between lines of copy.
- Present material simply and briefly.
- If necessary, use the ruler, compass, or other devices in making drawings.
- Use colored chalk for emphasis.
- Underline statements for emphasis.
- Use a pointer when discussing chalkboard materials.
- Stand to the side of the material being presented so that the entire class will have an unobstructed view.
(Source: Aviation Instructor’s Handbook, U.S. DOT, 1977)