Today’s Contributor: Jenny Day
“Computers will never replace teachers, but teachers who use computers will replace those who don’t.” That was the last line of a professional development video presented to us a few years ago on the first day back from summer vacation. Don’t ask me what the video was about, that one line was my only take away from the 15 or 20-minute video.
What does it mean? The district has invested millions of dollars on computers and accessories, and I know they do not want that investment to sit on the shelf and collect dust, so they provide ways for us to use it. New programs, new apps, new ideas. And it seems something is new every year. Just when we get comfortable using one program it changes on us and we have to learn something new – on our own time. It certainly may save time and be easier to manage, but there is an initial investment of time to learn how it works. And is this program going to stick or will it be replaced in two or three years? This is the investment teachers have to put in to not be replaced.
There is a frustration. It can be daunting.
Stop. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath.
Come to peace in your mind that teaching is learning. It is change. It is keeping up with the future. As we keep hearing, “The jobs we are educating our young for have yet to be created.” Growing up, not a one of my peers wanted to be a You Tuber when he/she grew up. Now, every other 3rd grader says that is exactly what they want to be – not when they “grow up” but now.
Change is Hard, and Exciting.
It is Frustrating and Rewarding.
It is Right Now! and Coming Soon!
We can bring our experience with us, but don’t let it hold us back. It’s going to happen, and we can only hope that at the end of the ride we’ve made a difference not only in a child’s life, but also in our own. Move Forward! Grab that gold ring!