In Which I Felt It Was Beneath Me

Today was a non-class day.  A student holiday.  One of those days I loved as a kid.  But wait…
 
…I’M AN ADULT.  Shocker.  I’m a teacher.  I’d have to be going to work today anyway as anything else, but today just bothered me quite a bit.
 
It was beneath me.
 
First, let me explain something.  This might be a slightly inflammatory comment, but I believe Apple computers is just PC for dummies.  I can pick up an Apple computer and do anything I want on it, because everything is out in the open or easy enough to find.  Compare this to Windows, it’s just different.
 
Ok, maybe I need to modify that statement.  In my last job I spoke with lots of older people who had switched to Macs because their kids told them it was easier to use.  However, there is still a learning curve.  Another modifier: it is a known fact that the older your mind is, the longer it takes you to traverse a learning curve.  (Note: I said the older your mind is.  Your mind can be older than your body or vice versa.)
 
For someone whose brain is in good shape and who deals with computers a lot, the transition from Windows to Mac is a quick and simple one.  All it takes is a little bit of time to familiarize yourself with the differences in layout.
 
That being said, Mac is like kindergarten-level work for me.
 
Now that I’ve explained that, here is my problem.  Last year, one of the comp days available was on the inservice day for technology instruction for teachers.  This year, not so lucky.  Today was that day.
 
I tried to sign up for the most difficult classes, but that was iMovie and iWeb.  Thirty minutes or less in to each session, I was breezing through it creating my own projects.  An hour later I was so bored I was doing my own thing and not even paying attention.
 
Man, professional development days are boring.
 
They force us as teachers to differentiate and provide different levels of instruction and different levels of assignments to different students in the classroom.  Why can’t they do the same for us?
 
“Do as I say, not as I do.”
 
That’s the message they’re giving us.  An inconsistent message like that will always get inconsistent results.

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