Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Not Her


Monday saw me back at the school where I had covered Ms. D's class for fourteen days. 7th grade English. Upon perusing the roll sheets before the day began, I discovered with a jolt that I recognized several names.

A couple of them were good memories. A few others, not so much. Ah well.

One of the "not so much" boys arrived. He saw me. He commented (not to me, but I overheard)...

"Not her. We just got rid of her."

Yeah, I wasn't happy to see him, either.

But, the period went smoothly. They had a project to complete. They were in groups, and they were going to present later in the week.

And see the Chromebooks in the photo at the top? Yeah, computers... Nothing like computers to keep them mellow.

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  1. It's what this generation identifies with.

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  2. Thank goodness for small mercies. I'm sure the reunion was harder on you.

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    1. Since he didn't act up in class, it wasn't so bad. Sometimes when they hate me, they'll act up just because. So, small mercies.

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  3. Hi Liz ... yes if computers keep them happy let them see letters and numbers! Kids ... cheers Hilary

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  4. The sad thing is, all these kids are forgetting how to actually write without computers. Some of the handwriting I've seen the last few years is frightening.

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    1. They do still write. It depends on the assignment. But I can see in a few years how they might do more typing than writing.

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  5. "Not her. We just got rid of her." <---That's too funny. Did you tell him the feeling was mutual? :)

    Glad the class went smoothly. Using computers always seem to mellow out my kids, too—even if the machines were older than the kids themselves.

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  6. I think there is both good and bad to having computers in school. Our kids get Apple books checked out to them on the first day of school. Last year was the first year. What a learning curve the school had. This year the computers are much more locked down. They don't have access to a lot of what kids love. But they still have their phones. Wish the school could figure out a way to lock down those phones so they wouldn't be on them all the time at school.

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    1. There is a way. One of the schools just opened up the WiFi to student devices. They must log in using their own passcode. So, there's tracking, and the system has filters in place. Semi-score!

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  7. How often do we feel that way about something that comes at us in life? Not that again. Well, we can't win them all.

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  8. He must think that you had gone deaf after you passed 30. At least they had the computers to keep them busy.

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  9. I admit that there was a substitute teacher I didn't like in elementary school. She yelled at me once and I was terrified of her since then. I was in 2nd grade. Each day she was there, I dreaded it. But I know you're a fair sub. I would've liked you. :)

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    1. There are personality conflicts. There are some students who just don't gel with me. It happens.

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  10. I bet you were feeling the same thing with that kid. How times have changed since I was in school (ughh I just sounded like my dad)

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  11. Rude much? I'm sure he knew you could hear him. So much for impressing the substitute.

    VR Barkowski

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  12. My one and only formal reprimand occurred because I disobeyed a substitute teacher by returning to my previous class for a forgotten book. I never dreamed she would try to have me suspended. My algebra teacher couldn't have cared less and the principle lightened my sentence to one after school detention. I was incensed that I got reprimanded at all for retrieving a boyfriend's property that could have been stolen had I left it. I can still picture that woman's face (I think) after all these years. Ah, memories.

    Bless you yet again for your efforts.

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    1. Suspended? I can see being written up for leaving class without permission. Sorry that happened.

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    2. What can I say? That school didn't mess around. Thanks for the kind word.

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  13. YAY for it going smoothly and how rude *shakes head* I'm sure you've heard worse but still

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  14. We're in age of tech. I bet my great grand dad learn about black smithing in school.
    Coffee is on

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  15. I would have made sure he knew I heard. Unless he wanted you to hear then I would pretend I hadn't. Yes. Computers do mellow them don't they. Thank heavens for technology.

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    1. Oh, it's so funny to "hear" something they don't want you to hear. The looks...

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  16. It's funny how kids say things that they think adults don't hear. At least that period did well for you.

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    1. Yeah, it was a mellower day that I expected when I saw how many students I knew.

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  17. Students think they can get away with everything. I'm glad that period went okay for you.

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  18. You both left an impression on each other!

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  19. Didn't you just want to look at him and say, "yep, dude its me again, your worst nightmare"???

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    1. I should have. That would have been too funny.

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