Today, I started my spring with a disadvantage. On the last day before break, a student walked off (accidentally, I’m sure), with my copy of my sixth grade textbook. When he discovered that he had two copies of the book, he dropped one in the lost&found instead of returning it. I only got it back this morning. I wound up having to plan my lessons this week blind; and I’ll have to re-plan them later this week.
I find myself in a conundrum over this — in a digital world, I’d have a copy of the textbook in a digital format. So I wouldn’t have been without my textbook at all. But I also would likely have substantially less freedom about teaching what I wanted to, and I wouldn’t have had the option to plan my lessons much at all. So the textbook gives me some freedoms — but without it, my freedom is paralyzed. How weird is that?