Information Needs, Lessons, Library Instruction, Life Skills, Uncategorized

Always have Plan B

Continuation from the previous post really.  So imagine it – (we’ve all been there – be honest)  You have to best lesson planned!  It’s this thing on the computer; its a game or a website and the kids are going to go wild.  Except the class is due any second and you can’t get the *&$*@  computer to work – now what are you going to do.  And you KNOW what happens to kids when they get off task – chaos reigns.

Well the best you can do is improvise.  The first thing I do is tell the kids what’s going on.  Use it as a teaching moment.  It’s helpful for them to see that technology doesn’t always work and they have to have alternate plans.  Then explain what you were going to do and see if you can modify it in some way – maybe go onto the next lesson and come back to this one later.  Do the lesson as a class.  Or if all else fails review something you have already taught.

It would be a good use of time to get some activities together in the event you are out unexpectedly, or if you see the blue screen of death, or the most frequent, the network goes down.  This way you are not left hanging.  And best of all, some activities are usually easy to adapt to different grades.

Never forget the best laid plans sometimes don’t work out – and we should always assume something is going to go wring and have a backup.

Author: SL

SL has been a elementary/middle school librarian for over 13 year having received my MLS from SUNY Albany, in Albany, New York. SL has worked in a variety of settings from rural to urban, with different populations. She is currently the librarian at RCS Middle School. She lives near Albany, New York with her husband and three children.

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