Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Video Loop


7th grade life science. The teacher was exceedingly kind. She left a video.

Middle school science tends towards the wild on a good day. While videos don't settle them down, under the right conditions they can be easier to execute than bookwork.

The teacher, who was on campus, told me that it was "pretty violent. They'll love it."

It was on the extinction of the dinosaurs.

I had the usual issues. A few of them had seen it before. My response: "I've seen it five times today. You can watch it again."

Yeah, that's the downside of videos. One of my occupational hazards. I get to see the video on loop all... day... long...

Two days later, I'm back at the same school. 7th grade science. Different teacher.

Guess what he left for his class?

On the bright side, a couple of his classes were awful, so I was busy on misbehavior correction. Because at some point, I really have to tune the video out or it's going to drive me crazy.

In case you're interested, this is the video. (It's 56 minutes, so I won't actually expect you to watch it.)



Also, I'm over at Unicorn Bell today with a guest post by someone from my writing group. I'd love it if you checked it out.

23 comments:

  1. I am thinking it would only take me once to be over the video! haha....I remember my son went through watching the same video's over and over again when he was young. I used to have to let people borrow the video so that I would not lie when I told him it was not there!! lol

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    1. Luckily, I'm usually so busy getting up to speed the first time through that I barely see it. It isn't until the third time through that I'm becoming familiar. But at 5 I start to lose my mind.

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  2. That is too funny the same video the same week for subbing. What are the odds of that happening? Unfortunately high for you that particular week!

    betty

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  3. Would the teacher watch it himself that many times a day?
    Dinosaur documentary. Like to know how they went back in time to film it.

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  4. I used to love watching videos in class. It's not that I'd ever pay attention, but it was a great excuse to daydream or sleep. Of course some teachers used to have us fill out worksheets related to the video to make sure we were paying attention. :( Can you knit while they watch the video?

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    1. I don't mind daydreaming so much. I do have issues when they treat the video as background noise and talk and goof off during.

      Yes, I can knit if I bring my knitting. And if I'm not dealing with keeping them from goofing off.

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  5. Hey Liz - wedding took place in Temecula Calif. Beautiful up there! Great place for a wedding.

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  6. Oh wow I'd be going a but nuts after the 2nd time lol!

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  7. I guess kids misbehaving means you at least won't be bored watching the the video for the hundredth time.

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  8. I think I saw this and it is interesting...not 5 times in a row mind you. Sex and violence always works...with adults too.

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  9. Another reason on my long list of why I don't care to get into substitute teaching. Grandchildren cause enough repetitive video watching.

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    1. My junior high didn't have science for 7th graders. Only 8th. Sigh...

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  11. Hey! I've seen that video before. (My wife adores dinosaurs). I can only imagine what it's like have to watch it over and over again, though.

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    1. I guess it's made the rounds. Cool.

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  12. I'm still stunned that you don't listen to music often. ~grin~ An earful in one side would keep me sane.

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    1. I prefer silence most of the time. Music distracts me. I have a hard time shoving it aside to concentrate on other things.

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  13. I have taught the life cycle of a bean to fourth graders for many years and am so sick of the Bee Movie although I think what you have to do would be much worse. I only have to watch it once a year. At least you must be an expert on dinosaur extinction ;)

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    1. At this point... Well, we never did finish the video...

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  14. Hi Liz - I'm not good at seeing things more than once - but if it helps some classes settling then I guess it's a plus ... cheers for now - Hilary

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  15. Oh man, I feel you on the repetition thing. That sounds brutal. Too bad you couldn't hand out bags of popcorn and made a game out of it like eating some whenever a dino buys it. I know, I know, the mess would be prohibitive.

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