Friday, September 11, 2015
Half the Lights
On Friday, I decided to do something a little different. I only turned on half the lights.
It was something I had noticed earlier but hadn't done anything about. The classroom has a projector, and most of the lessons utilized this piece of technology. The students could see just fine, but I figured if it was a little darker, it would be easier to see what was projected on the screen.
Most of the classrooms have two light switches. Each switch controls about half the lights, but not front and back or side to side. The lights each switch controls are staggered. So, I made sure to leave the switch off for the light that was nearest the projector.
And I waited for someone to notice.
The co-teacher came in shortly thereafter, but she said nothing. No one in period 1 noticed (or at least said anything). Or period 2. Or any of the classes. By the end of the day, I had forgotten I'd done it.
Then in 6th period I had a technical problem...
The class was being difficult, as usual, so I switched things up. But I screwed something up. (Which I discovered later--after they left--how to fix. The "esc" key. SMH) So, I went "old school" and started writing the problems on the whiteboard. But it was kind of hard to see, so I went and turned on the other set of lights.
"We only had half the lights on?" someone asked.
No one noticed. I didn't point it out, so they just assumed that the light level was normal. Interesting.