How To Book 20 Appointments in 4 days or how to not book too many Great American Teach-Ins.
The truth is, we often book twenty appointments in one day, picking up electronics to recycle
Two schools to many schools.
For the first two years, we only did two schools. In the third year, it started multiplying. I am not sure why. Is it that hard to get people to do the Teach-Ins? We don’t get many electronics to recycle in these teach-ins, but one school, Family of Christ School, on Bruce B Downs, had quite a collection for us.
Trying to do our part.
I think it is essential to do our part in the community.
Although I probably won’t schedule twenty Great American Teach-Ins in the future, we got through them all unscathed. Some classes were more accessible than others. It is incredible how one grade looks pretty interested in the process of electronic recycling, and the next higher grade seemed to be bored.
It was great fun to show some sixth and seventh graders’ brick’ phones.
I remember when they were in use, and it still amazes me. Not the phone itself, but how far we have come in technology. Everything is lighter and smaller, yet Apple is coming up with larger phones. Do you think Apple is catering to the baby boomers? Just a thought. We also have a clear plastic container to show the small pieces of hard drives after they are shredded. Most of the kids were more interested in the gold content in computers and cell phones.
All the kids wanted to take some gold home. If they only knew the volume we have to accumulate for any substantial amount of gold. I want to share something with my fellow geeks I learned from one of the I.T. guys who sat in on the session. He said the motherboard is like the vital organs, and the processor is like the computer’s brain.
Explaining to children about the parts of a computer can me challenging.
If you ever want to explain to children the parts of a computer, this is a simple analogy. I used that in every Great American Teach-in I did. If you get a chance to do a Great American Teach-In, I suggest you take the opportunity. Like any other marketing, you have to consider your audience. Find out what grade you are presenting to and the class size. The more visuals, the better. And keep the questions coming if you depend on them asking questions, good luck. I find the younger ones ask questions and the older ones don’t. I suppose they don’t want to sound ignorant. My advice is to not worry about blank looks. Just keep going. They usually last less than thirty minutes.
In conclusion, I do not recommend doing twenty Great American Teach-Ins in one week. It’s easy to do two at one school, but I like to do two different schools. I want to see the education system at work. There are unbelievable differences in the school location and the discipline of the students. I will continue to show anyone I can how important it is to recycle electronics. It’s more than a passion; it’s a purpose.