After pondering whether to buy an e-reader or not for a long time (see here, here and here) , I decided back to get one back in August. I went for a Kindle touch. The idea is that I can get and read a number of books in English without cluttering the shelves. I still buy hard copies of commentaries and reference books.
I am pleased with the experience. It is easy to use, and the pages just look like the pages of a book. I have the impression of being more efficient when I read as well. I think that’s because it is not as easy to flick back and forth through pages. I’ve read quite a few books on it already, and the pile of books I want to read in my wish-list is growing.
I listened to the following podcast while walking to church this morning. If you have 35 spare minutes, it is worth listening to WHI-1115 | Recovering Focus in a Distracted Time – White Horse Inn Blog.
Last Friday, Jean-Baptiste’s teacher invited the parents of the class to a meeting. She was going to explain to us how she works and what the children will be doing this year. It was interesting to be back in a French classroom.
When you come in the room, there are several rows of desks, all facing the teacher. Each child has his/her own desk, with space under the table to put exercise books. And they are also facing a… blackboard. Yes, they still use proper blackboards, with chalk. There is no “interactive board”, no fancy technology around, there is not even a computer in the classroom. In France, teachers teach. I know that sounds silly to say, but that’s not obvious in some countries like the UK where computers have invaded the classrooms.
The teaching is fairly traditional. Children learn things by heart, they have writing exercises, reading exercises, maths problems to solve… They don’t decide what they want to learn, the teacher has a program to follow.
It was refreshing to visit the classroom and hear about the work they are going to do this year. Some things have changed, but overall, it seems very similar to the way I was taught.
In Brittany, they say: Glav d’ar Sul, glav d’al Lun, glav e-pad ar sizhun. It means roughly: “rain on Sunday, rain on Monday, rain for the rest of the week”. Well, I suppose I know what the weather will be like for the rest of the week.