Day 2

Key learning today….don’t make assumptions!

Last year I’d say 80% of my class had some sort of tech device that hooks up to the internet.  But this year, less than 50% of my class does.  When I asked the question, “Who has a cell phone, iPod, iPad, etc….?” I saw a lot less hands go up than I thought.

Hmmm, might need some revamping on some of my lessons then.  Good things I’m flexible and adaptable.  This year is also the highest percentage of kids that don’t have a computer or internet access at home.

Yet another reason why my “No Homework” policy will fall into line with what I’m doing at school.  Kids can’t complete a tech project at home so there’s not much sense assigning it as homework!

And any ideas I had about the “flipped” class are out the window, not that I subscribe to asking Grade 8’s to do a lot of at home preparation for class anyways.  Here’s to re-thinking, re-vamping, and starting from scratch….again.  But it was an important lessons for me to learn.

Just because we live in a digital world doesn’t mean we all have the same access….yet.


About Cherra-Lynne Olthof

I've been a middle school teacher for my entire career (which began in 2001). Like my students, I too am a life long learner. My goals include helping my students to achieve their goals, support them in their learning, and to encourage them to think "beyond the grade".
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