Wednesday, March 30, 2016
7th grade math. Although, it was lunchtime when I met several of the group. I had just returned after running out to use the restroom. I still had 10 or so minutes of lunch when a group of them came in.
They were already in a panic. And when they saw that their teacher had taken his laptop, they were more so.
(The teachers are all now assigned a laptop for classroom use. When they are out, they tend to take it with them, unless they assign something where the sub is going to need access to a computer.)
They explained. They had a big project due for their English class which was their next class. They had planned to print it out in the library during lunch, but the library was closed for a special event. Now they wanted to print it out in class, but couldn't as there was no computer for them to access.
I felt for them, so I allowed one girl to go to her Mandarin class and see if they could use the computers in there. There was some issue about the computers and printers not connecting. Then another girl (after the first had returned), asked to go and see if their band class had a computer they could access. (Everything was due a day early for them as the next day they had a band event.)
At some point in all of this, I called the library and learned about it being closed.
Yup, so they were kinda out of luck. (The Mandarin teacher called me at one point. She mentioned that perhaps they should have gotten this all taken care of a whole lot earlier.)
I have no idea what they ended up doing. I suggested that perhaps they could get their project in the next day before they had to leave for their band thing. But who knows?
Perhaps next time they'll have a backup plan. (Well, they are 7th graders. At least they're getting this particular lesson early.)