Despite the glitches I experienced in the classroom this morning, I left feeling like I accomplished what I needed to accomplish. So all’s well that ends well as the saying goes. But what if it hadn’t ended so well? I’d be sitting here pretty frustrated tonight, trying to get caught up. Perhaps I’d even be crying as we’ve been told some past students have done. Though I doubt that. I’m really more of a kicker and a screamer than a crier!
So, again, what if the glitches just don’t get ironed out and the class time is ticking away and you’ve got “x” amount of content to cover that day and your days are already jammed packed and you’ve got a roomful of students sitting there looking at you and you’re breaking a sweat and you’re feeling like a totally inept idiot and…and…and…what then? If your lesson plan is totally technology based and things just aren’t working that day, will all be lost?
I am not a big lover of technology (could you tell ??) though over the past couple of years, as I worked on my CAE courses, I have certainly come a long way, not only in what I have learned but also in the way I look at technology in education. More and more, I am seeing how both teaching and learning can be enhanced by technology in the classroom. Most days I even enjoy it!
Still, no matter how terrific technology can be, we all know that it is only wonderful when it works and we all know that it doesn’t always work! Hence the theme of this blog which is always having a plan B to pull out of your pocket in case the original plan is shot down. When you are heading in to teach a class, you need to be prepared to teach a different way if it is going to be one of those bad tech days! I’m not sure if Dave had an actual plan B for our first class but he certainly expected glitches and was prepared to deal with them. So though things weren’t exactly smooth, at least we got through it!