When all else fails, you may resort to the well-known
Windows command, CONTROL + ALT + DELETE. This command is often suggested when
there is an error, or a program is “not responding.”
I challenge you to think about when the classroom
environment is “not responding.” What is your go-to troubleshooting command?
We’ve all had those troubling days, no matter how long you’ve been an educator.
Here are some ways to reboot.
Today’s learners are digital natives. We all have the
advantage of Googling anything, yes, anything! Whenever we want.
Students today are accustomed to being in control of when they receive
information, and how they receive it, either by video, article, or
image. What if we turned the tables on who has control in the classroom and in
certain aspects of the day give the students control? Giving your learners
dominion over some classroom choices every now and then will empower them to
take control of their education as they navigate through the learning
Alternate your classroom techniques. Ever think about how GPS
takes us to work the same way every morning? Ever get the urge to turn a quick
left just to experience some new scenery on your morning drive? Don’t hesitate
to alternate your daily agenda. Have students try using digital flash cards
like the ones found in MindTap to play “Heads Up!” before a test.
Delete any negative thoughts. Sometimes things just don’t
work out, right? Integrating technology aspects can sometimes be uncertain or
uncomfortable. Thoughts may go through our head like, Will it work? Will the
video play properly? Will my students enjoy it? It is out of my comfort zone,
can I pull this off? Never be afraid to try. Learners today crave relevant
digital classrooms. If it doesn’t work the first time, take a minute at the end
of the day to figure out what could go better next time.
You are the “Task Manager” in the classroom, when all else
fails, Control + ALT + Delete.