Tag Archives: one-room school house

How the blackboard got its name

The original blackboard was just that — boards painted black. Writing could be done with chalk and wiped off or washed off. In education’s current enthusiasm for video prjectio units and PowerPoint, we need to remember that the blackboard approach to teaching can allow for more interaction with the class and more spontaneity for the […]

Greenbrier School in the Great Smoky Mountains

The large photo is the class of 1909. Quite the age range. I trust they dressed for the photo and didn’t regularly dress like that — for hiking to school and sitting in what would be a very warm building for some months of the year. The water fountain was a bucket with a gourd […]