Thursday, January 17, 2013

Whiteboard messages from students

In my department at work, there are two large whiteboards in the student common area. These young students in their foundation year of university studies struggling to pass the TOEFL so they can begin their major courses write all kinds of things there - goals, wishes, dreams, likes, criticisms, nationalistic sentiments, messages of hope for their war-torn homelands, and messages of despair of ever passing the TOEFL. Those whiteboards are the first thing I see when I walk in to work at 7.40ish each morning, and I've often thought it would be fun to compile a whole semester's worth of student-generated whiteboard messages.

Instead, for now, I have today's whiteboard messages only. This is the last day of the semester PLUS the day of a TOEFL exam administration so the students had a lot to say.

This one is my favorite. Ha ha.

There was one board that didn't have anything written on it this morning, but by the time I went back in the afternoon (without my camera), someone had written "[Name of my department], go to the h**." Yeah, some of these kids still need to work on their English.


Elena Saleem said...

I love the "done of this" one. :D
I vaguely remember this board. Do they ever write anything that requires being erased immediately?

Kathy Haynie said...

Continuing with Elena's question...who does the erasing? The students? Someone else? Are they clean every morning and then added to during the day? Erased when they fill up? The boards are interesting...I'd like to know more! That's a cool way to get a pulse of your population before you begin class every morning.

Liz Johnson said...

Hahahaha that's awesome. The whole "go to the hell" reminds me of Liz Lemon in 30 Rock wanting "to go to there."

Loradona said...

The thing I find interesting is that instead of drawing a smiley face, the draw a smiley as they would type it: :D
I mean, they don't have the constraint of only being able to use the characters they find on a keyboard--they have the whole whiteboard and the markers! They could draw a unicorn if they wanted to! But they stick with the emoticon. I wonder why.


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