I’m worried that analog clocks, which I personally prefer to digital, will be going the way of the dinosaurs.
The computer sign-in sheet for the children’s room computers is on the end of the librarian’s desk; I have thoughtfully provided a pencil and an analog clock for kids to log the time when they sign in. Thoughtfully, because I like to encourage kids to practice their clock reading skills. But I do get a lot of grief from kids about this clock, and they frequently ask me what time it is. For the younger ones, I talk them through how to tell the time on the clock. Sometimes I talk the older kids through, too, but most often I encourage them to think about it for a minute and they usually get it.
Yesterday, an eighth grade girl (a regular in the children’s room) was signing in for the computer, and she casually asked me “What time is it?”
With a smile, I replied, “The clock is right there…”
“I know, but…” [heavy, heavy sigh]
Me: “Well, think about what time you get out of school, since you just got out, and see if that helps you figure it out.”
Another heavy sigh.
And then the boy next to her whispered, “It’s 2:26.”
I may lose this clock battle, and, more importantly, the analog clock might lose – sooner than we think.