Categories: Bill Babbitt
The daily challenges of educating in an urban high needs school were on full display today. It’s actually kind of amazing how just one student can completely derail the educational experience of the other students in their class. Time is precious, especially so for a group of kids in danger of not making the grade on the next round of standardized testing. In these situations, it’s very important to keep in mind that when the bell rings and a new period starts, the difficulties in one period do not, and chances are, will not continue into the next period.
Science club opened the case of what will be a computer last week and began orienting themselves for the task of component assembly. Today while Mrs. Carey went to collect the students from lunch I pulled out the case and the motherboard, which will be the first thing that gets inserted. I organized the case, MOBO, and posts/screws necessary to accomplish the task. After the kids quickly ate, I asked Jasmine to pull out the motherboard diagram and Elliot quickly took the lead in figuring out what post holes needed to have posts in them to support the board.
After a reminder that, next to dust, static is the number two computer killer, the students all grabbed the frame of the case to discharge any static electricity imbalances. Once they all understood the post holes that needed posts in them, they each in turn put in a post. They lined up the motherboard and… the period ended. I gathered up the pieces and got them put back in the cabinet for next time.
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