As new parents, my wife and I often ask ourselves: “What did we used to do with our time before we had kids?!”
Educators might ask the same thing about email: “What did we used to with our time before we had email?!”
I wonder if that’s when intellectual conversations and debates were had between colleagues. I wonder if this is when books were read and letters were penned? I wonder if that’s when teachers worked on their subject knowledge, and designed and wrote their own curriculum? I wonder if this was when teachers were able to occasionally go for a stroll, to relax and refresh?
I grew up with a Mum who was a teacher in the 70s, 80s and 90s. So I know that those times TBE (Teaching Before Email) had their own challenges. And email isn’t all bad – there are so many advantages in us being able to stay connected with each other.
But TBE, there must have been something nice about being able, at the end of the day, to literally, switch off.