From Discovery Educators Peggy Barger and Jim Hopton:
While attending and presenting at a recent teachers’ conference featuring best teaching practices and strategies, we were surprised by comments from one of the organizers. He rated a workshop session by the amount of paper handouts given to participants. The organizer proudly waved a stack of paper three inches thick from a workshop he attended. However, at our workshop, we distributed three sheets of paper and a CD jam-packed with our ideas, rubrics, posters, and unitedstreaming connections. Perhaps our world is in need of an Extreme Digital Makeover. As educators we should be the leaders in moving toward a less papercentric environment.
Many teachers will remember, from their youth, the famous poem by Joyce Kilmer which begins: I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree… Check out the poem in its entirety at http://www.risingdove.com/Kilmer/love_trees.html.
Please forgive our feeble attempt at re-writing Joyce Kilmer’s poem. We feel trees are best left to nature and poets, not sacrificed as handouts at conferences.
I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
Save a tree – make a CD – use technology!
PLEASE comment or add a verse of your own.