Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Run Around
Some mornings are more chaotic than others.
One of the first things I do upon getting into a classroom (after turning on the lights) is to log into the computer and the online attendance. This particular Monday morning, the computer wasn't cooperating.
Upon closer examination of my temporary attendance password, I discovered I had been given a temporary password for a different teacher. That wasn't going to do me any good. But, by the time I discovered the error, class had already started.
(This particular morning was a mess. Lesson plans reached me very last minute, as in as the kiddos were arriving, and other issues derailed my usual calm setup.)
Normally at this point I'd've called the office, but this day I had a co teacher. And when I showed her the problem, she said I could go and fix it. (That's one of the perks of a co teacher. One of us can run out if need be.)
I was covering 11th & 12th grade English. I had the login for a special ed. math teacher. I went to his room, found the sub, and asked if he had "my" login since I had his. But, of course, it wasn't going to be that easy...
He had the login for an 11th grade history teacher. I knew which room he was in, so I headed directly there. But that sub also didn't have "my" login. He had the login for a 10th grade history teacher. Unfortunately, I wasn't sure which room she was in, and at this point I wondered how much exercise I was likely to get. I returned to "my" class.
"My" class was still reading silently. The co teacher was still attempting to print out the day's lesson plans. (That's another story.) She knew where the history teacher's room was, but this time I made a phone call.
Guess who actually did have "my" login?
One more trip. And then all of us subs for the day were sorted.
(The secretary who checks us subs in and who gives us our packets with teacher schedules and logins was running late. A different secretary covered for her. As this isn't her usual gig, she made a simple mistake. It happens. We all had a good laugh about it when I checked out for the day.)