A place for elementary tech teachers to share.
I teach K-5 computer lab. This is my first year in the lab (29th year of teaching). We had an unexpected couple of weeks off due to Isaac, and now I have 3 extra kindergarten classes we are housing from a school that flooded. Kindergarten students make me tired!
Is there anyway to stop kids from hitting you and saying, "Can I play another game?" I was amazed at the first grader who told me my game was "lame" and he wanted to play Puke Pirates! Everytime I turned around he had closed the program I had put him on and opened Puke Pirates! That is until he became my first time out of the year (and the next week he became my second time out for the same thing!!) It is amazing how kids who don't know the letter A can close a program and find what they would prefer to play! This week I even had some fifth graders perusing YouTube for how to do some kind of dance (cat daddy?). They minimized it when they saw me thinking I was like their regular teacher who wouldn't know it was still open. Boy, were they surprised!
I spent today revamping the workstations again! I have 2 sets of headphones at each computer. One with a microphone for 3-5 Reading Assistant students. The other a regular one. They unplug headphones, try to trade with neighbors, and insist on using the ones with the microphone!
The first few weeks I wondered, "What have I gotten myself into?!" but things are settling down a bit and I have the headphones untangled, taped, tied together, and hopefully unmovable!
Thanks for letting me vent!