It was day 2 of my 4-day assignment in opportunity. Before I left the previous day, I made sure to shut down the computer and turn out all the lights. (This is normal procedure for me.) So, I was shocked to arrive to a room with lights on and the computer not only on but logged in under the teacher's password.
(Every teacher and student on campus has a personal log on for the computer network. We subs even have one, albeit one that we all share.)
Had the teacher returned?
But I knew he was out of town. 135 miles away. Family emergency. The kind of family emergency where I would not expect him to drive back to town just to check his classroom.
Did I forget to shut things down?
Was the teacher back? Had things changed and no one told me? (Wouldn't be the first time I got to a room only to find the teacher present and be sent back to the office.)
No one arrived. The bell rang. I let the boys in. I started class...
An hour later the instructional aide arrived. (His usual time.) I pulled him aside and asked him about it. Had the teacher come by?
The teacher I was subbing for was also the football coach. He has assistant coaches. Who use his room and his computer. (Assistant coaches I was most grateful for. Otherwise, I would have also been covering football. Did that once...)
Of course. I should have realized.
So, I was not shocked to discover the room in the same state when I arrived the rest of the week. (Which was a good thing. Computers take a long time to boot up.)