- n. geology A cliff or quarry exposing chalk, e.g. the White Cliffs of Dover
- n. The environment where teaching is carried out, specifically a school (a metaphor for coalface, after the chalk used on school blackboards).
- n. uncountable A musical concept or genre in which music is completely improvised and never played twice. Most often mixing elements of hip-hop, metal, punk and avant-garde jazz.
“The last category in particular leads us into areas which we may not always be aware of at the chalkface/in the classroom, but which underline the strategic significance of the work which goes on there.”
“Teaching awards winners offer a view from the chalkface for the benefit of politicians and colleagues”
“Day to day here on the chalkface, almost every grammar explanation is a compromise between being accurate assuming it is even a point that the experts agree on and being easy to understand, use and remember.”
“As I said, I think we need to celebrate the strengths of both, whilst working towards our profession reflecting the majority of teachers in the world working at the chalkface, who are, I think we would all agree, Non-NEST teachers of English.”
“Developing educational screencasts – practical tips and pedagogical issues from the chalkface”
“This is particularly so in the case of teachers who have been at the chalkface for many years and whose sense of vocation is under strain.”
“This is because it has all gone on extra National Insurance contributions and pensions - very little has been seen at the chalkface.”
“It has been a good day at the chalkface for me and, I hope, for my students and nary a piece of chalk in sight. posted by Jo McLeay @ 2:39 PM”
“The Cape Teachers 'Professional Association on Monday urged Asmal to ensure that "educators at the chalkface", especially those with some experience of the system, were included on the review committee.”
“In my years at the chalkface I came across a boy who liked to sit in a warm room quietly reading, but the other boys would quickly find him and smack his book into the air, so in the main, boys and girls do have conflicting requirements, and arrangements must be made.”
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