Tuesday Teacher Tip: Farewell, Dear Friend
Welcome to the Tuesday Teacher Tips series! Each week we’ll highlight teaching and learning resources, ideas to use in the classroom, as well as things to ponder as you go about your teaching day.
My old, faithful friend in the classroom has always been my overhead projector. It provided a way for me to keep students’ attention on exactly what we were doing, in a very visual way. My overhead cart was outfitted to the hilt with all the tools—colored markers, overhead manipulatives, water spray bottle, and lots and lots of transparencies. I didn’t think I could teach without my projector.
But along came the interactive white board. My overhead’s days quickly became numbered.
Our school has been adding interactive white boards to classrooms as money becomes available. On the second round of purchasing, an email went out asking who would want one in their classroom. I wasn’t sure if I should request one. Would I use it enough to warrant me having one, and not another teacher? Would my technology skills be current enough to use it?
I decided to take the plunge and request one. And after only one year with it, I don’t think I could teach without it anymore. The capability of being able to pull information from the internet, and use it for teaching and demonstration can’t compare to my old faithful friend.
So this fall, after collecting dust in the corner of my room all last year, I sadly carted my overhead projector to the media center. It now sits in a storage closet with other technology relics—the ditto machines, filmstrip projectors, typewriters, and record players.
Farewell, dear friend. You were good to me.
What is your new, or old, classroom tool that you just can’t teach without? I’d love to hear from you!
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