Writing Slate

I often reflect on my humble beginnings; the awesome people, rich culture, simple things and life-changing events that shaped my life. This picture represents a writing table; one of the simple educational tools that set me on a path for academic success.

We did cursive and creative writing, completed math and grammar assignments and doodled on this versatile board. The benefits were numerous:

*Students got immediate feedback from the teacher because the slate had to be erased for the next task.

*The environment was not adversely impacted.

*Show and tell was unsophisticated but real.

My biggest lesson was that school does not have to be ostentatious for children to learn. Children learn from caring adults who use effective and relevant instructional strategies.

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