Thursday, May 28, 2009

Generation H

High school students love to greet each other with hugs. Some schools ban it. Some schools, a very few, encourage it. These are not PDA (Public Display Of Affection) type hugs, not romantic type hugs, just hello hugs and goodbye hugs. As teachers we are told the upper shoulder is the only appropriate touch place and even that can be only a few seconds. Too risky to break that rule. However it seemed okay to hug students at Honors Day when handing out awards. Really, what's wrong with a hug in front of 1000 people? What can happen? I hug students when they move away....or if they do something drastic like dropout of school. I want them to know they will be missed and that it matters that they will no longer be with us. The hugging thing is a little overdone but I think I would welcome it more likely than ban it. What about you? Are you a hugger or a handshake? Does hugging have any place at school?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

No More Grocery Checkers?

New grocery store technology coming soon! How does it work? Here's how:
You know how it goes. You select an item....put it in buggy.....go to check out lines. Then you take everything back out of your buggy, get it scanned, put it back in bags and then out to the car.

A lot of those steps are going away. Soon your buggy will have a scanner on it. When you put an item in your buggy it will automatically scan the price and keep a running total for you. If you go over your limit, you can "unscan" it and put the item back. It will come off your bill. When finished the total is automatically put on your debit card or credit card and out you go. Bring those cloth bags and you are in business. No more checkout lines. No more checkers. Just you, your cart, and your scanner.

What do you think?