Two incidents made me realise that the world is changing faster than even I suspected.
I was teaching the year 8 class to check their school email account. I casually asked how many students had sent an email before. Two students out of a class of 24 put their hands up. The majority had no idea what an email was. Why should they when they text and facebook their lives away.
Do you think they complain about the number of tweets they get in a day like adults complain about the number of emails they have to read?
I instructed my home class to bring a pen to class. One student announced that he never brings pens to school. Can you imagine going to school without a pencil cake and at least a red pen and a blue pen? I guess he either uses his laptop in all his classes, or bums a pen from someone on the rare occasions he absolutely must use one.
How long is handwriting going to remain a norm and not just become a quaint hobby like calligraphy?
Sneaking change that you don’t notice until you want a kid to do something that just results in a blank expression from them.