I have 30 computers in my lab. On average there are 24 students in the classes that come for a weekly computer elective. That means that I turn on 30 computers and login about 50 times each day. Last week when I was copying files to the machines I sat down (or leaned and typed on the keyboard from standing)at each one at least 5 times.
Before, in between and after my classes I go to other classrooms (usually munching on part of my lunch as I walk) to work on their computer problems then hurry back to my room make notes about what I did or did not fix and move on to the next item on the agenda.
It is no wonder that I have been going to bed at 9:30 this week!
I am trying to work smarter. On Thursday I found a shared hard drive where I could copy files instead of carrying them from computer to computer. That probably saved me a half mile of walking each day. I also learned about a program called Synchroneyes, that will allow me to control all the computers in the lab from one central location. With an $800 price tag I decided that I need to work on my marketing spiel before I bring it up to the principal.
He does owe me though. After 8 days of teaching AND fighting more technical fires than you can imagine he brought me news that I will also be teaching second grade. That was not part of our original deal and means there is virtually no time to work with other teachers. Bummer!
But WOW do I love being a teacher again!