horse and buggy classrooms

Horse and Buggy Classrooms

Why don’t more people drive a horse and buggy to school?
They got the job done.
They took us where we wanted to go — just slow.
Sure, we had to feed the horses.
And we had to live nearer to the schoolhouse.
But a horse and buggy got us there.
Didn’t they?
Sure, cars are faster and can take us further.
We can travel to faraway places that a horse and buggy could never go.
But a horse and buggy worked so well for so long and everyone knew how to use them.
I wonder why we don’t use them anymore?

Why don’t more people just use paper and whiteboard in the classroom?
They get the job done.
They help us learn what we need to know — just slow.
Sure, we have to make the copies.
And we have to grade a lot and that takes a while to give feedback to kids
But paper and whiteboard get us there.
Don’t they?
Sure, technology and formative assessment can help us teach and assess faster.
We can create experiences that could never happen on paper and whiteboard.
But paper and whiteboard have worked so well for so long and everybody knows how to use them.
I wonder why we still use paper and whiteboard so much?

When the standard we have of efficiency and effectiveness in our choice of transportation is not the same standard by which we expect our classrooms to perform …

it says a lot about our priorities.

Horse and Buggy Classrooms

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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