As a public school teacher, there are some utilitarian items that I deal with on a daily basis. I work with a variety of writing instruments all the time, because writing is a fundamental basis of both instruction and learning. I provide information in written form, and my students respond in kind. Here are some of the writing tools that we use to communicate information back and forth in my classroom.
I have an old school chalkboard for instruction at the front of my room. Unlike many teachers nowadays, I use it every day. Most teachers have a dry-erase board or in schools where there is a lot of technology a Promethean board. Maybe someday. In the meantime, colored chalk does the trick!
I do use a medium sized, portable dry-erase board for the daily agenda. This is one form of technology that will likely follow my students into their daily lives, as dry-erase boards are commonly used everywhere from board rooms to refrigerator doors.
I don't have access to computers for all of my students on a regular basis, so we go through plenty of pencils and paper. Interestingly, everyone in my class including my instructional aides likes to write with a pencil. I do, as well. I either use the computer or a pen any other time I have to write, but in the classroom I always write with a pencil and usually have one tucked behind my ear. As teachers know, students of are amazingly unable to hold on to a pencil for any length of time over 48 hours. To alleviate this problem, I have cups with pencils at the ready on every table where we do classwork.
Finally, since we do use so many pencils, I they are a valuable commodity in my class and so I keep a stash on hand as incentives, gifts and rewards. The students also tend to hold on to a pencil for longer if they picked it out and it has a distinctive look.
We do plenty of classwork! I teach a self-contained special day class for students with emotional disabilities grades 9-12. I teach 5 subjects, and have between 7 and 11 students in each class. This is just one grading period's worth of work, waiting to be filed in student portfolios!
I hope these familiar images bring back some pleasant nostalgia from your own time spent writing, learning, or teaching in the classroom.