Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Missing Assignment


The lesson plan stated that the students could find their math assignment on the school's website. As the students were filing in, the teacher called to inform me that this class hadn't ever done this before. (It's the third week of school, so things are still getting up and running.)

No problem. I understood. And this was 3rd year high school math. The kiddos should be able to handle it.

Ahem.

Class started. I informed the class that they needed to log onto the school's website and find the teacher's page.

There was no assignment.

The kiddos had no problem finding the school's website, the teacher's page, and their class' page. They showed me. Blank.

But the teacher said she'd posted it.

I frantically clicked around the teacher's page. Under the calculus class I saw an assignment. I clicked on it, and it was the assignment that had been described in the lesson plan. At least, it looked like it.

I figured that must be it...

So, I told this 1st period class to go to 3rd period's assignment. And voila. It was the right assignment for them.

Whew.

(I got a chance to talk to the teacher at the end of the day. She discovered the error after first period. I assured her that we found it eventually.)

If only things had gone this well for 2nd period...

19 comments:

  1. Remember the good old days when it was written on a piece of paper?

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  2. That must have been a scary minute for you. I'm sure the kids were hoping you'd never find it, though :)

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  3. Nothing like not having what you need to do your job! I am like Alex Cavanaugh, remember when it was on paper! haha

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    1. Pros and cons. Books are great, but it's also great to not have to worry about if there are enough books and such.

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  4. It was kind of an exercise of deductive reasoning or figuring stuff out. Kids today have it made as far as having resources for research and working tools. When I was young we had to go an extra effort like spending a lot of time in a library or scouring our home Funk and Wagnall's Encyclopedia--unless you were so fortunate to have one of those higher priced sets that most families couldn't afford.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Yes, it's nice to information at their fingertips.

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  5. Oh wow....now it's just all computers. The old style was written down. Glad you found it.

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    1. It's not *all* computers. It's more computers than not, however...

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  6. Hope we find out what happened that made 2nd period not go as well.

    betty

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  7. Hi Liz - oh dear for the 2nd period, but well done on deducting the whereabouts of the missing work earlier on - cheers Hilary

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  8. Uh, oh. It sounds like your day got even more interesting. Nice recovery on this.

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    1. It did, but not as interesting as it could have been. It helped that the classes without an accessible assignment were math analysis. These kiddos love free periods as they have extra time to do their other homework ;)

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  9. Oh god, that on the spot trouble is no fun!

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    1. It's much nicer when everything goes according to lesson plan.

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