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The Crosby Chronicles: Teacher or handyman?

October 05, 2011|By Brian Crosby

Each morning lately I’ve had to get to work 20 minutes earlier in order to set up the LCD projector in my classroom. 

While I have a 25” tube TV mounted in my room, it is difficult for students from the opposite side of the room to watch anything on it.  So whenever I want to show students a movie or writing lesson, I use a computer attached to an LCD projector.

This summer, all teachers had LCD projectors mounted in the ceiling.  Not me, however.  Because the administration thought I was going to use the projector only in the room next to me where we tape the school’s video program, I didn’t get one mounted.

So, I have to unlock the filing cabinet, pull out the projector, connect it to the power cable and to the computer cable, turn on the computer, select a “dual screen” mode so that the picture is on both the computer monitor and projector, gingerly move the projector tethered to the two wires, position it on a tabletop, inevitably never quite centered on the screen, with the image spilling over on both sides, with a couple of student head shadows enormously projected as well.

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The whole process is done in reverse at the end of the day, and completely repeated the next day. 

And this is the reason I earned a Master’s Degree in Education.

Brian Crosby is a teacher at Hoover High School and the author of Smart Kids, Bad Schools and The $100,000 Teacher.  He can be reached at brian-crosby.com.

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