I love the way Converse All Stars look, but I’m not such a fan of how much they cost, so I bought some look-alikes. During a recent visit home, my dad took one look at my shoes and commented that Converses were “in” when he was young because they were affordable—and now everyone’s paying $60 for what should be cheap shoes.
This got me thinking about all the things that are making a comeback. Supposedly the current economy is causing everyone to subconsciously reminisce about happier times. I don’t know about that, but I do know many things besides ’70s clothing seem to be enjoying a comeback.
So here’s my list of top five things making a comeback this school year.
Chalkboards. While the rest of the nation seems to be moving toward SMART Boards, I’ve been blessed with a chalkboard. You know, those dusty green wall-hangers kids with sensory issues don’t like? That being said, my school is at capacity this year, so we’re using classrooms that haven’t been used for years. Guess I’ll have to limit the black clothing. . . .
Carpet time, all the time. I was actually putting it nicely when I said every room is being used, because many rooms are actually being used double. For example, I’m sharing a room with a speech pathologist. This means my side of the room is, let’s say, cozy. I couldn’t figure out where to put any desks, so I hauled them all outside, deciding that all-day carpet time is just the way it’s going to have to be.
Playtime. With the implementation of more rigorous Arizona state standards a few years back, there’s really no time for play at any grade level. But all my students have social or communication goals this year, so I’ve decided that playtime is going to make a comeback. Granted, it’s labeled “free choice” in my lesson plans, but there’s no real hiding it: It’s playtime.
Overhead projectors. I hadn’t seen an overhead projector in years, but one showed up at our district opening meeting. After the mandatory training videos, the schools squared off in a round of Trivial Pursuit. Teams wrote their answer to each question on a transparency, which was then projected. Given the circumstances, I’m not sure how else this could have been done. So while definitely “old school,” the overheard projector can be relatively effective.
Puzzles. Puzzles never really disappeared; they simply migrated over to the computer. This year, my school is filled with puzzles because our new positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) system is based on Peace Puzzles. Individual behavior plans include color-coded puzzles. Classes collect Peace Puzzle Pieces when they accomplish the Weekly Peace Mission. The school goal is to have every student earn a Peace Puzzle shirt by the end of the year.
I’m curious to know if any of these items are making a comeback at your schools or in your classrooms. Or maybe you have something to add to the list?