Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Things Never Change In the Midst of Phenomenal Change

I was invited to talk at our local high school about some of our museum's heritage buildings. The Art Class had used them as subjects for drawings and wanted more information about the structures.
The presentation went fairly well from my prospective. I had my notes about the buildings but had not been able to bring as many photos as I would have liked.
Walking into the same classroom that I spent a lot of time in decades ago was a bit strange. And then finding the same budding comedians who have frequented high schools forever gave me deja vu. And they think they are cool?? They should have seen the early 1960's variety or the 1970's variety. Now that was cool.
I would have loved to have the Smart Board technology when I taught. It's so cool. Our museum website and museum building photos were brought up on the screen in front of the class. Lord, that's cool.
If I'd known she had that technology, I could have uploaded even more pics. Boy, ..., you know, it's... cool.
There was the class: the bored ones, the late ones, the tired ones, the quiet ones, the interested ones (yes, there might have been one or two of them.) I saw sparks of intelligence in the midst of the 'coolness'.
Come on kids, take advantage of the wonderful opportunities you have of learning in today's schools - full of awesome technology and even a few teachers who are there working to help you succeed. Make them really do their job - challenge their knowledge.

Yup, school's changed, but not that much.