“To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, “I wish I had known this some time ago.
-Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn

Today is my Friday, and those classes who have their library on Friday are split amongst the various RFF teachers. Today, I sat down today with one of my colleagues, who is in fact filling in as relief for a teacher on long service leave to go through what she would be doing with my program in her class tomorrow.

I broke it down by grade, and went through things with her, and when I explained what I had been doing as a formative assessment task in regards to the computer skills, she said “why don’t you try this….?” and it was one of those moments where you do a Picard (see image below) where I realised how obvious her suggestion was in hindsight.

Jean-Luc Picard facepalm from the Star Trek: Next Generation episode "Deja Q." Image sourced from http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/000/554/facepalm.jpg
Jean-Luc Picard facepalm from the Star Trek: Next Generation episode “Deja Q.” Image sourced from http://tinyurl.com/7y5u733

What I had been doing was asking students to write a brief recount, and somewhere within that recount, demonstrate particular skills such as bold, text justification, borders etc. What my colleague suggested was simply having students write their names, and then format their names to demonstrate the particular skills that I wanted students to demonstrate.

I’m feeling nervous about tomorrow. I’m comfortable with the program, and have been making changes on the fly, and going with what works, however tomorrow, three different teachers will be responsible for delivering the program to a handful of classes, not having had exposure to the program other than what information I have given them. The control freak part of me is not happy about handing the reins over, but the rationalist in me knows that this will be a real test of how realistic the program is in terms of actual execution, when others are tasked with its delivery.

As always, thank you for reading, and enjoy your weekends.

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