Last day of freedom (except in Oklahoma)!!!!!

Continuing on the vein of back to school, it’s amazing the changes that have occurred since I was in school. Even in tools that are used IN school. Teachers used to use chalk, now its dry erase markers. No more chalk fights, no more eraser fights, and no more staying behind to clean the chalk board or erasers if you cut up in class while leading an eraser fight. That was character-building stuff! There was nothing like having to stay after class while your friends go out and play, and you have to watch from the windows as you meticulously cleaned the chalkboard and erasers. I didn’t instigate that many fights after that punishment.

Another thing I’ve noticed when we’re all talking about walking uphill both ways in five feet of snow (in Florida, no less) is that our teachers used pointer sticks. You remember them, long sticks about 2-3 feet in length, could be used as a punishment tool when slammed on your desktop as you sat chatting with your neighbor? Yeah, those days are done. Now it’s a laser pointer. Laser pointers are nice, but the lack of fright factor is lost with them.

Planning books have gone away, being replaced by Mac Books. I can definitely see this one, since teacher planner books get lost easier and hacked into a lot easier. A mischievous student can’t easily make away with a Mac Book to put a crimp into a lesson plan. That translates into at least a misdemeanor these days as opposed to an afternoon or two cleaning chalkboards. Another thing that technology is enhancing is the fact that a student is no longer shaking in his or her boots while reading from a tattered, many-times-erased composition sheet. No, now its PowerPoints and flashdrives. Composition books are still used, but for presentations, it’s all technology-based. One of my co-workers said her daughter has been using PowerPoint in school since the third grade! I hesitate to think what school will be like for my grandchildren…

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