If A Picture Paints a Thousand Words, This One Fits With Testing Today


We used to pass out #2 pencils and Scantron sheets.

Now we give laptops, log in codes and headphones. To 8 year olds.

Of course the headphones have not been put back into their proper Baggies. Of course three of them are tangled almost irretrievably. (See the photo of my lap, left.)

I miss Crayolas and paper and newly sharpened pencils. I thoroughly enjoy teaching cursive, and holding read aloud time after lunch, or Social Studies discussions about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Chinese New Year.

But this morning one of my special education kids, practically the brightest student in my class, typed something different from his password. Instead of BKM4BP, he typed, “Die, computer, die.”

It was the perfect bit of comedic relief I needed. I burst out laughing when I read it, and he looked at me in surprise.

“That is exactly how I’m feeling right now,” I said, and he laughed, too.

And then he went on to produce the third highest score in the class.

13 thoughts on “If A Picture Paints a Thousand Words, This One Fits With Testing Today

  1. Thanks for sharing your story and photo, Bellezza. While computers have their place in the classroom and children feel comfortable using them from an early age, children–and adults, too–require a balance of technology and non-technology.


    • Of course computers have a place in the classroom, in their lives, in my life with even this blog! I do not harbor any illusions that pencils will return to education. But, I do mourn the ease with which they are used, not to mention the processing they allow which computers never, ever will.


  2. Send me the ear phones, I would be happy to untangle them. I agree with you one hundred percent about the sad changes in education. I enjoyed both George and Hood books also. Paris and books, it doesn’t get better than that!


    • You’re so right, Paris and books are a great match! These are two good titles to keep in mind for the Paris in July event which Tamara hosts. As for the untangling, it took me a few hours, but there’s always something satisfying about setting things straight, isn’t there?


  3. While I teach 12 and 13-year-olds, I miss pencils and crayons as much as you do. In addition, I’ll argue that education overall was better back in the days before everyone had a device with headphones. Paper and pencil is still the most effective educational technology there is.


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