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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chalkboards and Lecturers

imageAt the university I go to, they use blackboards. It’s old school but It gives the classroom a very academic and scholarly feel. It also coats my shiny iPhone and black school bag with chalk after every class, but that’s beside the point.
Dealing with so much chalk, the lecturers get chalk smudges on their clothes, hands, and sometimes their face. This too, adds to the scholarly feel of studying at my university.

Naturally, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to look all scholarly and academic and professor-like, so one day during lunch break, I took to the blackboard and began scribbling away on it with chalk of various colours, making sure to write hastily and always circle keywords and always underline twiceYou see, it’s a well known fact that any respectable lecturer never underlines any important word only once. That’s silly. Oh, and also, I made sure to break a few pieces of chalk while writing away furiously.
Another must when you’re writing on a blackboard is to use plenty of Greek symbols to confuse everyone. If the subject doesn’t call for Greek symbols, then you must make sure your writing is so hastily done that it starts to resemble Greek. That is how you can differentiate a good professor from a frikkin good professor.
Here’s an example of effective, very lecturer-like blackboard writing:
imageIt resembles ancient Greek, but it’s really electromagnetism.

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