Old School Teaching

Photo: @alicekeeler

Old School Teaching

No doubt, as a teacher you have wrestled with knowing which lessons are best taught “old school”.  Sometimes it’s  just quicker and easier to pick up a piece of chalk (well okay, an expo marker) and create a visual.

As a technology integrator, the conflict reminds me of the struggle between ranchers and the onset of motorized transportation and we all know how that ended. Technology and good old fashioned teaching can work together but it requires some give and take from all sides.

Alice Keeler’s post (@alicekeeler: Google Classroom: Do Not Go Digital, 2015/05/18),  talks about how technology is NOT always the best resource for the job. I agree.


2 thoughts on “Old School Teaching

  1. I also agree Judy. I find myself thinking more about things like this lately. I still have projects we do on a regular basis that do not require computers, phones, etc and kids need that outlet. Your analogy was perfect. Regardless if horses lost out, people still love to ride them! Integrating some STEM projects into my classroom has also increased their abilities to be creative without the feeling of forced technology, more that it is a tool when needed. Great share!

    Chad Flexon


    • I struggle with how to help teachers identify where the REAL value of technology lies in the classroom. Our private school’s technology integration is somewhat behind that of public schools in our area. Teachers do a great job using traditional teaching methods (although our students remain above, academically) but society wants to push every teacher into the technology abyss with very little direction. My role is to help guide these teachers without suggesting technology should take over in their classrooms. Please let me know of any resources you have discovered that might help me ease these amazing traditional teachers toward technology integration in meaningful ways.


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