It’s the day before students arrive. All adults came into our two buildings eager to be productive. Then we found out that the network was down. Truly down. This has happened before and our wonderful network administrators get it up and running in no time. Not today. We went the whole day without access to our network or the Internet. It’s still not working as of this writing.
Everyone truly realized how much we’ve come to depend on technology. From classroom teachers to our business office, administrators, and food service – we were all feeling the impact. We couldn’t make labels, lists, research first day activities, or use the calendars to sign out rooms or resources in advance. Teachers shared that they were unable to collaborate on docs and share with one another. Using Google’s tools in our education domain has become such second nature that not having the ability to share and work together really struck home.
What did we do instead? Many did what they could to get classrooms ready. Others had face to face meetings and took notes on paper. People helped one another as best they could. But I also saw more people spending time talking to one another and building relationships. And I saw people smiling despite it all.
We all viewed the Rita Pierson TEDtalk video at our in-service in the last few days and talked about the value and importance of strong relationships between teachers and students. Today helped to strengthen the relationships between adults.
Yes, we hope things are working for tomorrow. But it was refreshing to talk with colleagues today.