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Teacher-Authors: What’s on my Ed Blog

A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share the most popular post from the past month on my teacher education blog, Ask a Tech Teacher. 

Here’s one popular post that is taken from my day as tech teacher in a classroom (before I went virtual), but sounds almost too funny to be believable:

A Day in the Life of a Tech Teacher

teacher-359311_640I love summer. I sit at home, reading, researching, chatting with friends. I make my own schedule, own my own time, start and finish a project without interruptions. That is a massive high to me.

Why? I’m a tech teacher. That is like a geek+. I teach–yes–but I’m also the first line of defense (sometimes offense) for colleagues as they struggle to use the digital devices populating their classrooms. From the moment I step foot on campus, life spins out of my control. Here’s a typical day:

6:45    arrive at school

6:47    a student enters to use lab

6:48   I greet student with a friendly hi and begin work on a lesson plan

6:49    Student asks for help

7:00   Student finishes and leaves; I return to my lesson plan

7:02   Frantic teacher calls–her computer won’t boot up. She came in early to work and now what’s she supposed to do can I come right away?

7:03   I arrive in teacher classroom to help and plug it in. The maintenance folk must have unplugged it last night–who knows why

7:07   Return to my lab, find a student waiting, jumping from one foot to the other. His printer ran out of ink at home can he use mine?

7:08  His parent who arrived with him wants to chat

7:18   Parent and child leave happy

7:19   I return to work on my lesson plan

7:30   I report for yard duty–managing the students arriving for classes until their teachers are ready to receive them.

8:00  I return to my classroom and throw together the balance of the lesson plan for my 8:15 class

8:02   A teacher calls. A student can’t get on the internet. Can I help?colorful silhouette hands background design

8:12   I get back from solving the problem (student was logged in wrong) and run around checking my lab computers, make sure my digital devices survived the night.

8:15   My class arrives. I can’t help but smile as I see their excitement. Everyone loves computer lab time.

8:45   A teacher arrives, face stressed, shoulders tight, knuckles white. She has a tech problem. I smile and tell her I have a break at 9. I’ll come right over.

9:00  Students out, I go to help. She can’t find her slideshow. We try a few search options (ordering columns by name, using the ‘search’ function) and find her slideshow. She’s smiling as I leave

9:15   My next class arrives. I’m booked until lunch time. I ignore all forms of communication–even visitors.

12:15 Students arrive to use computers during lunch. Luckily, I have a small frig in my room so I don’t have to leave. They work while I eat (hiding behind my monitor–I hate having people see me eat).

12:45 Second group of students arrive for their lunch hour. I work on a school tech vision document while they work. They’re older so pretty much ignore me, which suits me fine.

1:15 Two back-to-back classes, one a lower school and one middle school. I struggle to juggle the different ages (they giggle when I call them 2nd graders). Sometimes, it’s easy because they’re working on projects.

2:45  I respond to parent emails. This must be done daily. I understand parents’ need to get questions answered in a timely manner.

3:00 Parents arrive to pick up students and chat about classes, quizzes, projects. Students arrive for extra help or simply to use the computers. I finish with paFace people on Cement wall texture backgroundrents and work on school tech issues until 4.

4:00  I leave–or work late. It depends upon what needs to be done.

What haven’t I done yet? Here’s a list:

  • graded projects
  • prepared future lesson plans
  • helped teachers integrate tech into their class projects
  • planned and organized in-house PD on tech
  • worked on my class website and blog
  • mentored new teachers on tech
  • communicated with my PLN

I collected a list of what my efriend tech teachers do with their days. Read it–you won’t believe it!

I know–this sounds crazy. But there is never a boring moment.  My brain always chugs along on high. I never think rote is right. What’s not to love about that?

What’s your day like? Do you get a break every two hours–or every eight hours?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.

59 thoughts on “Teacher-Authors: What’s on my Ed Blog

  1. On a different note … you agreed to donate an e-book to my book launch. Thank you! The way it will work is that we’ll send you the e-mail address of the winner, and then you can send him or her the BookFunnel link.

    In the meantime, not to put one more item on your plate, but could you tell me the title that you plan to donate, and perhaps a blurb? (Or if I know the title, I guess I could pull the blurb off Amazon.) That will make the prize so much more enticing.

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  2. Gee whiz. I would NOT do well with that day. I’m a night owl, so starting that early feels very unnatural to me … and by the end of the day, I’d be “peopled out.” I had days like that when my kids were babies, and God and motherlove got me through … but whew!

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  3. Hi Jacqui – I imagine it keeps you on your toes … and you’ll be very adept at answering any kind of techie question … I’m also sure you get tireder faster than you used to … but then there’s the holidays … Cheers Hilary

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