All right, first day of school is tomorrow and I am ready.
“Are you sure?”
What do you mean am I sure?
“Are you sure?”
Sure I’m sure. Why wouldn’t I be sure?
“Well, what have you done?”
I’ve got my classroom set up, and I–
“Are your desks in rows?”
Right now, they are.
“Why are you putting desks in rows?”
Well, there are so many students and such a small space, it’s one of the few ways to get movement in the room.
“But desks in rows are a product of a 19th-Century industrial educational model. You are sorely behind the times.”
Uh, well, it’s not like it’s like that all year.
“But it sets a bad tone. It tells the students that you are in charge and that it is not their class. I bet you have a teacher’s desk.”
Of course I have a teacher’s desk.
“That’s another outdated symbol of your false authority. You are not supposed to be the sage on the stage. You are supposed to be the guide on the side.”
What does that have to do with me having a teacher’s desk?
“You don’t own the knowledge.”
Yeah, I’m pretty aware that I’m not infallible, but seriously … does that mean I can’t have a teacher’s desk?
Where am I supposed to put all of my stuff?
“You’re not supposed to have stuff.”
“No. You should not be marking your presence anywhere in the room. Everything should be bare so that students can come in and create the space.”
Does that mean I have to take down that really cool poster I have?
“Is it of Garfield?”
“Well, you still have to take it down. It’s their space.”
I don’t know. I think it would be kind of boring to stare at a blank wall all day.
“Your walls should not be blank with all of the technology that is embedded in your room that will surely spark the inner drive and creativity of their young minds.”
Before I say anything, define technology-embedded. Because I have a laptop and a projector.
“That’s not enough. Where are the computers?”
I had some but they all crashed and they haven’t been replaced.
“A true educator, one devoted to his students, would find a way to give each of those students a working computer. And have a holodeck.”
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