Why should we banish the school blackboard?


30 November 2020

What is a blackboard?

Why should we banish school blackboards?

Blackboards are is a reusable writing surface on which text or drawings are made. The school blackboard is an integral part of the way in which math is taught in schools. It has been around for ages and has been used to educate generations of learners.

However, too much dependence on the school blackboard for imparting education has been found to be counterproductive.

It is good for the dissemination of information that the students have to copy in the notebook but is not so good for teaching them the practical application and developing their creativity.

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When a school blackboard is used to teach math, the students have to pay attention to what is being written and often have to quickly copy it down. Otherwise, if the teacher rubs the school blackboard clean, they will miss out on copying the information that was written earlier. Download the PDF below to know the disadvantages of the blackboard teaching system.

📥  Why should we banish school blackboard?


What are the problems associated with the school blackboard?

Paying constant attention to the blackboard leaves them with little time to think on their own. This does not allow their creativity to blossom.

There are some teachers who actively use the school blackboard to write down every information that they want the students to learn. This makes the classes very theoretical and often boring.

What are the benefits of banishing the school blackboard?

With several new methods of teaching having been discovered in recent years, there is a strong possibility that the school blackboard may become a thing of the past very soon. There are many benefits to this.

1. The classes become more interactive

If the teacher and the students are not tied to the blackboard they tend to interact more amongst themselves. The students time to think independently and ask the teacher whenever they have a problem. Naturally, the glasses become much more engaging and informative.

Interactive classroom with students and teachers

2. Learning becomes more engaging

Instead of using the blackboard, the teachers can use various audio-visual media and fun games to conduct the classes. Already there is a rising trend of using interactive videos for teaching in many schools which the students are enjoying thoroughly.

Teacher teaching stuents

3. Practical orientation

Instead of using the school blackboard at all times, the teachers can conduct various fun games and activities in the classes. This will make the students comfortable in applying the mathematical concepts practically and build their confidence significantly.

Kids performing chemical activities under teacher's supervision


Blackboards can cause misconception or misunderstanding of concepts if it is not used properly. The information written on the board is temporary and we can’t illustrate maps, chemical reactions, mathematical formulas and complex diagrams on board. 

Interactive classes can help students understand concepts better. Read more about Interactive Whiteboard learning at Cuemath.

The Cuemath program has been created using alternative modes of teaching with the students find exciting. Enrol your child in a Cuemath centre to experience the difference in interest levels and proficiency that he/she will attain.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the disadvantages of the chalkboard?

The major drawback of the chalkboard is that the information written on the board is temporary. Blackboards can cause misconception or misunderstanding of concepts if it is not used properly.

Who invented the blackboard system?

James Pillans

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