It ain't all plain sailing
All aboard the Good Ship Interactive- back at school and raring to go. Kids fired up-new duck tape to hold the wires to the carpet 'That looks better" I heard someone say- easy pleased my class. Used the board for a handwriting demo and then again at maths time. I had downloaded some maths activities from the Promethean website. Now a word about these. The titles all seem to be like this "add20%tosub20%add20%" Just a tad confusing so I have been changing their names to addition to5 or stories within10.
The activity itself proclaimed it would be easy to print out for the children to do on paper so after a few done interactively-we printed..no we didn't because I forgot to change to the school printer from my home printer-soon realised-silly me. The activity was over 7 pages. I didn't want all 7 therefore I asked it to print each page individually. Lesson 1-don't ask printers to do things because they don't listen- command them. As we waited patiently for the document to spool I managed to fit a quick lesson in about the phrase; "Houston we have a problem" (there were rockets on the worksheets) and by the time we had gone to the moon and back the printer was trying to spit out 5 copies of 7 pages!!! Oh the ink cartridges!
Later in the day at choosing time, Nathan and Diane played snakes and ladders. They made their own counters and used the magnificent tumbling dice from special tools. I can see a market for this device alone-a little handheld tumbling electronic dice-about the size of an iPod. No more dice clattering on table tops-no more getting lost under the furniture-no sneaky changing it when no-one is looking...bliss.