A great thing about being a teacher is the fresh start each Fall. After a summer to rest and reflect, I am ready to start again. New group of students. New families to meet. In two days, we hold an Open House and then Monday, the 2022-2023 school year begins.
A frustrating thing about being a teacher is the many new initatives shared at the start of the Fall. After just three days of pre-service meetings, I feel a little overwhelmed. New staff to support. New schedule to unpack. New resources purchased by the district to start using.
One resource is called PAPER. I dutifully logged into the zoom meeting at 12:30pm yesterday (as my tummy rumbled thinking I should be giving it attention) to learn about it. The perky product rep taught me that PAPER is an educational technology company that partners with schools and school districts to provide students with free, unlimited, 24/7 tutoring. The platform has more than two million users across the United States. The company is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and has operations across North America. And with further research, I learned that their tutors are paid $17.50 per hour and one can hold an undergraduate degree or be working toward it. I also learned that this platform works much like when I chat with my cable company. I type in the chat box. They type back. I wonder if they are really there? or is it just a computer generating responses?
As my 3rd day of teaching meetings ended, I am feeling excited to support my staff and students this year in person. I wonder if online support will soon replace the way I’ve been able to teach my students for the past 30 years? I wonder if a company like TEAMS will soon offer online schooling to replace the brick and mortar community I have always worked in? What is the future of education?
For now, I will greet day 4 of my pre-service time with a smile and the determination to make the 2022-2023 school year the best I can.