Tim Goree

Connecting Seemingly Unrelated Things

Christian, Husband, Dad, Chief EduTechie, Ordained Deacon, Gamer, CUE Rock Star Admin Faculty, and FSUSD Classified Administrator of the Year

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Interruptions - The Best Part of My Day

It's easy to get into the rut of believing that interruptions are the things that hold you back from getting "real" work done.  As a technology director, I am one of the most interrupted people in my school district!

I had an interruption recently, however, that reminded me of the beauty of such moments, and their importance to teaching, learning, and generally being needed.

It so happens that an office that I was working in one day is attached to the Kindergarten building of one of our schools.  I had the office door open as I worked on a computer, enjoying the cool breeze that was drafting through.  Then kindergarten recess began, and 7 curious kindies were at my door asking questions.

"Who are you?"

"What are you doing?"

"Are you a teacher?"

"What are you doing with that computer?"

I could have dismissed them to their recess - nothing to see here, kids!  Instead, I took the opportunity to interact during this interruption.  Inviting them in, I pulled out my iPhone and starting goofing off.  We took pictures, listened to music, watched a video, and had a good conversation.  As their teacher rounded them up and took them back to class, I sifted through the pictures we took haphazardly, and the one attached stood out.  A complete accident, but a beautiful picture to remind me of the moment.

I can't really remember anything else I did that day, except for that.  Besides the experience and the picture, there is something else that continues to surface in my mind.  The questions that they asked:

"Who are you?"

"What are you doing?"

"Are you a teacher?"

"What are you doing with that computer?"

While the kids didn't mean them to be, these are turning out to be some pretty deep questions.  Maybe I'll have some answers for them in a later post.  Maybe I'll be chasing the answers to them for a long time...