The Next Page Entry 6: Techno-wimp no more!

The Next Page Entry 6: Techno-wimp no more!

Question: What mixes worse than oil and water?

Answer: Joanna Page and technology.

It’s as if every device in my classroom over the years, every cable that connects those devices—they all conspire against me.

And whenever they’re in the mood to disconnect or—even if they stay connected—to simply not work, well, they don’t!

Just when I’m ready to share a PowerPoint that worked for me at home [note: I found it online. I gave up on making my own years ago.], the projector won’t work. And I end up doing a shadow puppet rendition of a frantic tech-challenged teacher.

It’s as if tech senses my fear and it toys with my few remaining shreds of sanity. 

“So, yes, Doctor, I do sound more than a little paranoid, don’t I?”

But sometimes, there’s nothing like a good ol’ delusion to get me through the day…

Well, this whole tech thing has to change…

So, why technology?

1. It’s about time. It’s long past time. 

2. What do I have to lose? It’s looking more and more like I’ll be seeking new frontiers next year. Sometimes I feel it in the pit of my stomach on those rare occasions when I’ve walked into the staff room. And sometimes, it’s the deafening silence coming from Mrs. Nix. It’s not as if we ever really flowed anyway, but now, there is this extra layer of rigidity. Shrug.

3. Kids will love it. 

4. I’ve been a technoweenie too long. [See #1]

5. The only person who’s more stultified by tech? Mrs. Nix. Therefore, I have to admit, I’m kind of looking forward to seeing the glazed-over look on her face when I launch into any explanation that includes the words ‘digital’, ‘bandwidth’, and ‘cloud’. Keeping in mind I have to get to a point where I’m comfortable with those same terms. Baby steps, Joanna, baby steps. 

 

Plot generators—Interesting and instructive tools for writers

Plot generators—Interesting and instructive tools for writers

I shared these on my other blog as well…

https://blog.reedsy.com/plot-generator/

Other plot generators on the Internet–

eBook: Creativity and Diligence Quotes

eBook: Creativity and Diligence Quotes

Quotes for Learning Cover Slide PNG The Teachers Expo

The eBook can also be found on my Seven C’s Teacher Expo .

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

Along with simply printing them out for classroom display, you could also…

  • project onto the whiteboard, but block out key words or a phrase, such as, in the example below, ‘self-doubt’. Let your students fill in the blank.

  • pose the question, “Which one of these reminds you of one of your friends?”

  • use one as a theme/’behavior guide’ for an upcoming week.


 

 

3 more friendship quotes/posters for your students

3 more friendship quotes/posters for your students

dog massaging another dog's back


I’ve added freely downloadable friendship posters to my Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo .

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

A couple of ways to use these files…

  • Project onto the whiteboard, but block out key words or a phrase, such as, in the example below, ‘self-doubt’. Let your students fill in the blank.

  • Pose the question, “Which one of these reminds you of one of your friends?”

  • Use one as a theme/’behavior guide’ for an upcoming week.


 


 


 

Friendship quotes/posters for your students

Friendship quotes/posters for your students

I’ve added freely downloadable friendship posters to my Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo .

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

A couple of ways to use these files…

  • Project onto the whiteboard, but block out key words or a phrase, such as, in the example below, ‘self-doubt’. Let your students fill in the blank.

  • Pose the question, “Which one of these reminds you of one of your friends?”

  • Use one as a theme/’behavior guide’ for an upcoming week.




 

Writing Wisdom from Stephen King and Ray Bradbury…

Writing Wisdom from Stephen King and Ray Bradbury…

Writing King reader imagination

I’ve added three more–freely downloadable–classroom writing posters to my Sail the Seven C’s Teacher Expo . Check out the previewable items.

** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]

A couple of ways teachers might use the quotes…

  • Print out and project onto the whiteboard, but block out key words or a phrase, such as, in the example below, ‘follow him’. Let your students fill in the blank.

  • Pose the question, “Have you ever reached a point where the character did something you didn’t expect?”

  • Ask your students which of the three quotes makes the most sense to them.


Writing Bradbury get out of way


Writing Bradbury hero wants