I was writing on my chalkboard the other day and another teacher walked into my room and asked why I was writing on the board when I have a Smartboard, iPads and AppleTV. I stopped for a minute and thought about it and realized I had no real answer to this question besides the fact that I love to write on a chalkboard. It is part of my daily routine when I come into the classroom in the morning; I hang my coat, turn on my computer, make a cup of tea, then always write the day’s activities on the chalkboard. Old habits I suppose. I also think I’m a bit nostalgic-when people think of schools and teachers, they think of chalkboards. And pencils. I stopped writing lesson plans to write this post and I was using a pencil to write them. Yes, I have my iPad with my Google Drive app. Yes, I have my laptop with Microsoft Word on it. But nothing beats putting pencil to paper; I love the feel of the lead gliding across the paper. Just as I still love reading books with paper pages on which I can scribble, annotate and underline great words and phrases. Weird, I know. But it is what it is.
In today’s age of new technology and gadgets galore (all of which I use in class and appreciate), I think it important to never forget the “old technology” that is the chalkboard, the pencil, the paper book. They are what led us to where we are today.