It’s always good to receive positive feedback. As an ICT Co-ordinator and ICT advisor trying to encourage other teachers to use technology in their lessons, I’ve encountered a lot of resistance. Nevertheless, when people really do see the potential value in using education technology, it’s very gratifying.
I should just like to end this series with an example of someone who was delighted with what he was achieving. It was unsolicited feedback, and quite funny. I was sitting in the staffroom of a school I’d been working with, as I was there to do training. The school was a Roman Catholic girls school, and most of the teachers were female, and very “prim and proper”. They were brilliant role models of decorum and modesty, and I’m sure that partly explained the pupils’ exemplary behaviour.
Anyway, on this particular occasion a male teacher I’d been working with walked into the staffroom, and on seeing me exclaimed:
“Hey, Terry. I’m really enjoying this computing business! It’s like dating for the first time, isn’t it? Before you try it you’re dead scared, but once you’ve done it you can’t stop talking about it!”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there’s an answer to that!