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at the chalkface

In the act of teaching. Because she's a new teacher, she still gets very nervous while at the chalkface. All of my students failed the test, despite the many hours I spent at the chalkface on that subject.

at the chalkface

a teacher who is at the chalkface is teaching students, and is not working in any other kind of job connected with education The media give a picture of falling standards in schools, but there is optimism at the chalkface.