|One of her creations.|
The new machine brings me to my point... While I love my old machine still; it has so many good memories with it and has done a wonderful job, my new machine is incredible. The old one made most of my wardrobe growing up and has given me many great hours of fun, but it just doesn't have the capabilities that the new one possesses.
As teachers, do we often miss out on something that would surpass the old machine because we are clinging to the old. Sure, it does a good job and has many things to boast about, but something new is out there that could do more if we only tried it. Many things come and go and we have to be sure and test them to see if they really work better. That should always be the guiding force, "does it really improve things?" I would hate to think that we never moved forward. Many things in our lives change...Just to name three...
1. Microwaves have changed the way I do hotdogs and popcorn and quite frankly I am glad about that.
2. When I first started teaching, I never made copies...just thinking about it makes me flinch...You had to type everything on a typewriter with a carbon copy with no mistakes (really!), and then put it on this round drum contraption that wound them out. You got ink everywhere...remember smelling your test paper:) I do not want to relive those days.
3. I got my first gradebook program on an Apple IIc my first year teaching. I did it the old fashioned way just long enough to appreciate the computer.
I wouldn't want to dismiss the past ways, but I want to keep abreast of changes and not get left behind.
So this year, whether it is the latest teaching tip or some new technology, don't let it go by without trying it. It might just be better than you expected. It could even do a better job. Your students will appreciate your efforts. Something to think about.