This past week, I found myself saying, “That didn’t even exist when I was seven years old.” And that statement is rather frightening.
Let me rewind. My second-grade son began having regular homework assignments last week. Along with math homework and daily reading, my son had a list of spelling words and vocabulary words to practice and learn. When I was in second grade, my mom helped me study by giving me practice spelling tests each day.
Things are different now. My son has fifteen spelling words which are embedded within five sentences. He has to practice spelling these dictation sentences, complete with proper capitalization, punctuation, and correct spelling of both spelling words and sight words. So, just as my mom did, I practice these sentences with my son. But Ryan doesn’t write them on a piece of paper; he jots them down onto his white board. But studying doesn’t have to stop there. For Ryan’s teacher had let all the students know that they could also access some free online games and activities that were specifically tailored to this week’s words.
And yes, I’m old enough to say that when I was in second grade, there was no internet.
Additionally, on the class wish list, Ryan’s teacher asked each child to bring a USB to school so that the teacher could use it throughout the year.
When I was in second grade, we didn’t use USBs. In fact, I don’t even remember using a computer in second grade. I don’t remember typing up reports until the fourth grade, and then I saved my work on a floppy disc.
Bob Dylan said it, and I’ll write it here -- “The times they are a-changin’.”