Last week, I opened the mailbox and discovered an envelope addressed from Kentucky. Inside was information on my upcoming 10-year high school reunion. While I’m looking forward to the event, I’m sad thinking how much education has changed. Let’s walk down memory. Consider these things that I either did, or experienced, and hopefully you did too:
Read a clock.
Awww, the giant yellow “Judy” clock! All of my early elementary school teachers had one of these in their classroom. The big hand had a handle that was easy to move around and this is exactly how I learned to read a (non-digital) clock.
Balance a checkbook.
I admit, I’m grateful for online banking and its convenience. But, if push comes to shove, I know how to record entries into a check register and properly balance my account.
Write in cursive.
Whether or not I can calculate the value of x, I know how to write in cursive. My teachers wrote in cursive, and it was always so neat and perfect. My Dad has incredible penmanship as well, he writes calligraphy too. Thus, I’m one blessed girl with really great handwriting!
I support the teachers who see the value in teaching handwriting. I think it improves reading, writing and fine motor skills in young children.
My. Very. Educated. Mother. Just. Served. Us. Nine. Pizzas.
If Pluto is not a planet, there are lots of hungry folks waiting for their pizza! In all seriousness, I learned the order of the planets in our solar system with this mnemonic.
MVEMJSUNP stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupitar, Saturn, Uranus (tee hee hee), and Pluto.
Pluto is, and will always be, a planet.
Library Research and the Dewey Decimal System
Students need to log off the Internet. Move over Google! They need to dust off those book jackets and RESPECT paper research materials. They need to suffer the sting of a paper cut from thumbing through an encyclopedia or dictionary. They need to discover the Dewey Decimal System to catalog library books and organize microfilms. Oh yeah, that’s good stuff.
If this is a foreign concept to you, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m almost 30 years old and I still circle, underline, and highlight text while reading. It’s a habit that I don’t intend to break. I can identify the subject, predicate, nouns, verbs, and prepositional phrases like a language arts champion!
Clapping chalkboard erasers (and coughing afterwards)
As an educator, I’ve enjoyed using smart boards and dry-erase boards in the classroom. But there’s nothing better (or more hazardous to one’s health!) than clapping two chalkboard erasers together! C’mon, admit it, you tapped the erasers on the board just to erase it again.
Sitting through a lecture and being responsible for writing copious notes
Taking notes helps you learn and develop your own ideas … not to mention the attentiveness and listening skills required.