Lesson Theory versus Lesson Reality

Welcome back to school! Over summer break, I created many new lessons. Cool lessons brimming with CCSS and 21st century skills and cooperation. It was going to be great!

Three days into the year, I reserved our Middle Mobile Computer Lab. We have two carts with 15 computers in each cart. The 2 carts are shared by 12 classrooms.

The carts were delivered to my room in the morning prior to my reservation with the statement, “Some of them are having problems.”

Of the 30 computers that I was suppose to have, 9 were missing, many were missing keys and some would just randomly type semi-colons by themselves. Out of 30, only 5 were completely functioning. It was a very frustrating morning spent scrambling for computers and tech people.

Yes, this is me complaining. Teachers are expected to be teaching computer skills and keeping students up-to-date on technology yet this school is only providing 10 fully working computers for over 300 students. There is something wrong with this picture. I also realize that I am not the only one in this type of situation. I have talked to other teachers across the US who feel the same frustration when trying to integrate technology into the classroom.

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About DarlaMoore

In short - Teacher, Author, Speaker, and sometimes PopCulture Pirate. http://www.now2wowpublishing.com In long- Darla's 1st career was in Psychology. For the past 11 years she has taught everything from 3rd grade to college Freshmen in both urban and rural settings. She is a Lead Content Expert and Content Alignment Committee Member in the area of ELA for the Ohio Department of Education and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. As an author she has contributed to The Gates Foundation, US Department of Education, ETS, AIR, and many other educational communities. Her anticipated series of books, Moore’s Common Core Teacher Guides will be available from Amazon starting July 2012. Follow her on Twitter at darlasays. You can also find her as part of Now2WOW Publishing

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