Sometimes as a teacher you are able to get an educator discount. Some of these discounts, I don’t bother to try to get. For instance, at Barnes & Noble, they used to want to only let you use it for books in your subject area. I don’t know if their policy is still the same, but I dislike the idea of someone else deciding what books are going to be beneficial to me in my classroom. Many non-Math books have been helpful over the years.
One company that has always been good to educators is Apple. I remember the Apple IIe with the green and black screen that we had when I was a kid. I’m sure there was some deal that my parents got as educators.
Yesterday I made the big step of replacing my home desktop computer. Since I got my MacBook for school, I rarely use the desktop. Plus, I got it in 2003 and it is extremely slow. I decided to get the iMac. Since I already have a MacBook and will soon get an iPad, I felt it would be fine to get a desktop computer. Maybe that will help deter me from working at my kitchen table…
On Sunday I did the preliminary visit to find out my options. A very nice man helped answer my questions and give me all of the options for my changeover. Once I make a decision, I like to just get it done. So yesterday I figured out what files needed to be transferred to the new computer and loaded up the tower to bring to the Apple store.
Once again, I was helped by super friendly and competent mac experts/geniuses or whatever they are called. I told the gal that I was a teacher and she asked where and what subject. Then at some point she asked if I had my teacher ID. That’s the one thing I forgot to bring. It’s not like she didn’t believe me. She was going to give me the discount. But then another employee came by and chimed in.
Mac dude: Are you a teacher?
Mac dude: Were you at East High?
Me: Yeah, what’s your last name? You look familiar.
So we continue to piece together the puzzle. He graduated in 2006 and was in one of my quarter long Trig classes. I hate to admit that I only vaguely remember him. But it was nice to joke that even though I didn’t have a teacher ID with me, a former student could vouch for me.