I sat down in the quiet public library after a busy day and began taking things out of my backpack to work. My daughter was at a two hour meeting and I had plans to be productive. I took a left to right zip motion and found nothing. I took another left to right zip motion and found nothing. I sat in silence and pondered. Ugh. My laptop was in the car. I was honestly too tired and too cold to walk outside. I pondered about the work with me and realized I didn't need the laptop for some of it. I was going to look at a math pre-assessment and uncover what my students might need about standard measurement. I got that done without making a Google Sheets by question and made two piles based on concepts. Still no laptop and I had my favorite math teaching resource. I found the back of a piece of paper, a mustard colored Papermate flair tip marker and began a weekly calendar; plotting out lessons for two groups each day. Scratches - no standards, no details - just lesson ideas. One group is going step by step and the other is a bit accelerated and doing a day of problem solving. I finished this work and felt more accomplished than I have in a while. Maybe technology isn't always needed.
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