(3) Magnetic board. Some chalkboards are designed to be used as
magnetic boards. This allows the combining of various materials.
(4) Fluorescent chalk. Fluorescent chalk used with black light creates
special effects that will enhance soldier interest. For example, nuclear fireballs can be
dramatically shown on the chalkboard. This also works well with materials that are
painted with fluorescent paint.
(5) Student participation. You can use the chalkboard to promote class
participation. Students are encouraged to participate more in class when they see their
answers, suggestions, or comments shown before the class on a chalkboard.
b. Equipment. Get everything needed for chalkboard work before the class
begins. This includes chalk, ruler, eraser, etc.
c. Glare. Check for glare. Be sure that every student will be able to see the
board. If the lighting causes so much glare that the students will be unable to see work
on the chalkboard, you can use wrapping paper as a board and draw with dark colored
chalk. Green chalkboards usually do not cause glare and also counter eye fatigue. You
can make a green chalkboard by painting a hard, smooth board with a flat green oil
paint. More than one coat may be required. Yellow chalk stands out well on these
boards. You can use more chalk colors on a green than on a black chalkboard.
d. Work Plan. Plan your work in advance. Before class begins, sketch the
layouts shown in the lesson plan or other work with a pencil on the chalkboard. The
class will not be able to see the markings and you can follow the penciled sketch when
writing or drawing with chalk.
e. Material. Keep the material on the chalkboard simple and brief. Short
statements are most effective. One word with oral explanation by the instructor will
often be sufficient.
f. Printing/Drawing. Print and draw legibly, large enough so that printing and
drawing are visible to the students. Don't allow your printing to get smaller. Keep the
chalkboard clean. A dirty chalkboard gives the impression that the instructor is not
prepared or that he is sloppy.
g. Colored Chalk. Use colored chalk for emphasis and variety. Some colors
do not show up clearly. Try your colors in advance. It's worth the extra effort.
h. Work Composition. Don't crowd your work and don't write all the way
across a wide chalkboard. If you have a lot to put on the board, divide the board into
two sections using the chalk. Then write across each section separately. Try to use
less words, the fewer the better.