Those of you on YM chat know about this already, but I have to tell it again.
This evening I had my beginning of the semester meeting at work. We discussed the new email system, privacy act, and Blackboard. Every semester we cover Blackboard. I've used Blackboard A LOT since 2003. All of my classes each semester since 2005 have been on Blackboard. Last semester it was mandatory that all instructors use Blackboard.
Ok..so here we are in the computer lab. There are about 35 of us. I'm 38, and I'm the youngest. Sonya, our Blackboard person, is giving us a step by painful step of how to export a survey from one of our classes on to the desktop. Sounds simple enough, right. Not for these folks! She had to stop and sit with most people and show them how to log on, find their class, and then find the gradebook button. Argh!
Meanwhile, I'm helping this guy who is just a tad older than me. I was practically holding his hand. He was very ..ahem...friendly. He was just as bad as the really old people in the back. Since I'm helping him, we're ahead of everyone, so we chit chat. I discover that he's a HS principal. ACK! (What is going on? First Bambi and then this guy? No wonder kids aren't as smart as they should be when they graduate around here)
Purpose of meeting? To teach us how to export the survey & import it into our sections. Time it took? 1 whole hour. Within 5 minutes of the meeting's end, I had imported that survey into my 4 classes.
My boss sat behind me and watched me help the principal. I was 20 minutes early. I was helpful. Wanna bet it doesn't matter?
I try my best to be a great and fun teacher. My students get a more than decent education and most of them return for more. I work at it. These other idiots scrape by. There's one guy who teaches Math who is NEVER in his room. My friend's daughter had him for calculus and she hated him. He's an idiot. Why should I try so hard when it doesn't matter? Sorry for the vent, but *sigh* I feel much better! (Can I say just how much I love the spell check on Firefox?)