Lemonade Always Tastes Better With Ice


Everyone knows the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I believe that they sometimes are pretty big lemons, but the bigger the lemon the more you can learn.

The Situation

Let me give you an example. You are teaching 2nd grade and you are being observed by the principal for your evaluation. You are dong an activity on the ActivBoard with the students using ActivExpressions. All at once the ActivExpressions stop working, then when you go to change the page on the flipchart the ActivPen doesn’t work. What do you do in this situation? The principal is watching how you use technology in your classroom lessons and it has failed. Now they are watching how you handle your class and this problem.

The Choices

These are pretty big lemons with the technology being an integral part of our current instructional lesson plans. Are you taking these lemons, making them bigger by getting excited or continuing to try to make the technology work on your own making the situation worse?

Of course you could make lemon aide from these lemons by being cool and using a traditional backup part of your lesson with the students. That will keep them busy for the minute you need to call the service desk to get a technology support professional out immediately to fix the technology.

The Results

You chose to use your backup plan, called for help and still taught your lesson. The tech support was able to fix your problem and you were able to segue back to the ActivBoard to finish your lesson. Pretty good lemonade, especially because you used common sense, cool thinking to add ice to the lemons to make a cool refreshing drink. By being calm, knowing that you need to move on, that there is nothing you can do about the problem, except try to solve it you are able to make the best of a bad situation. That is a lot better than being a nervous wreck, worried about the principal sitting in the room and worried about that evaluation. Focusing on the ultimate goal of teaching the students made a bad situation into a very productive lesson.

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