New year, new systems!

Today I went to a training for a new student information system (gradebook, attendance, you name it) at school. I was very excited, because I’m a huge dork. But, quite a few of my older impatient precious coworkers found learning the new system to be a bit frustrating.

It was a little like this:

How to train a difficult coworker.

Let’s just say there was a lot of very slow talking, a lot of repeating, and a lot of patience on the part of the presenters. They were saints.

Obviously, I recommend being as tech savvy as possible. Your students will love you, your students’ parents will love you, and your life will be easier. However, a drawback is that you will be expected to help your coworkers figure out all this new stuff. What I do to get through it: Always smile and just patiently walk them through it. Sort of a ‘grin and bear it’ situation.

As a side note, a bit of advice: NEVER sit next to your friend (or in my case, your work wife) at a training like this. No productivity is possible. Ever.



I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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2 comments on “New year, new systems!
  1. MDB says:

    I just laughed out loud because you didn’t talk about how you broke out in hives. :) You are very patient and kind and supportive, but I beg to differ. We were INCREDIBLY productive!

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