Bits and Pieces

Last week, as the morning sun, catching particles of dust, streamed through wide windows of Liberty High School’s new campus, history teacher Amy Cooke looked up and sighed as she saw me approaching.

I’m pretty sure it was not because of adverse feelings about seeing me, a longtime fellow traveler on the up and down road of teaching in the Issaquah School District, but I can’t be sure.

No, I think it came from a place that desired more time to sit and chat about teaching, learning and using technology to support and improve student growth. Alas, the sigh escaped from deep beneath the strata heaped upon strata in an effort to build anew and just keep up.

Just keeping up with the daily demands of teaching and caring leaves precious little time for exploration and creation.

As an Instructional Technology Specialist for the district, that is one luxury I have been afforded, a little more time to sit, play and, hopefully share.

Amy greeted me warmly as she leaned against the cool metal of the giant window frame, and then apologized for not having time to sit and pick my brain.

We chatted a bit and then, just as she was lifting herself, and, it seemed, the burdens of hundreds of others, she turned and said ‘You know what I’d love for a TOSA to do? Just send out a short blurb about new tech tools that would help social studies teachers as you find them.’

She was right of course.

For the last 17 years my world and my attention was limited to 20 minute long windows, through which I was able to peak and wonder, before they slid away and I was forced to look at another window dragged in front of me by a bell, email, student.

Teaching is looking and grabbing what we need before it’s gone, only to be pulled out later, just in time.

Thank you Amy for reminding me of that.

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