Monday, February 12, 2007

A Promethean Task?

Trial by fire this past week. Tomorrow will mark my one week anniversary of being relocated while unexpected repairs have forced the closure of my office, my lab and the other rooms in my wing.

With the closure of my lab, I took over one of the drop-in labs. This has been a real problem for teachers because they have project in progress and now can't get lab time to finish. The tech teachers are accommodating them as much as we can, but it is a distant second best.

The primary school has saved the day by giving us complete access to their drop in lab. This is especially good because our music department just began to use Music Ace. They alone can completely fill a lab, so the timing isn't great, even though the growth of the kids is.

The librarian gave my assistant and me shelter on the lovely top floor of the library. I spend a lot of time running up and down floors between lab and office. Good exercise but bad for my productivity.

The workmen all over the building are inadvertently taking computers off-line, so when I'm not teaching I'm rushing around trying to get the remaining labs and classroom computers back online.

On top of that, it is the time of year to work with administration to pull next year's budget into shape.

In the midst of all of this, I forgot that Promethean was loaning us an interactive white board to trial starting today through Feb. 23. It arrived this afternoon and we weren't able to put it where we wanted to place it so it is now in the lab I am teaching in. Not the best timing, since there isn't a blank moment in the lab during or after school between now and when the boards leave, especially since Monday and Tuesday are the Lunar Holiday.

However, despite what this may sound like, I'm not complaining. Every minute of every day is exciting and varied and puts me in contact with kids and teachers. After this, any job besides special agent is going to feel slow.