Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wrong Room


All last week (well, Tuesday through Friday) I was covering a special ed. English class. The teacher left us reading to do, so all period I was engaged in teaching. (Shocking, I know.) So, when the phone rang in the middle of class, I wasn't fully listening to the caller when I answered.

(The student did keep reading, but these things can go sideways when I'm not fully alert.)

The office called to ask if I could cover a class on my prep period. The answer to this is always yes, so I noted what room number she said and got back to following along in the book.

But... I thought she said room 212. The school doesn't have a room 212.

I waited until class was over to call her back. No answer. I wasn't too worried. I had another class to go before my prep, so I'd just call her then.

So, passing period right before my prep period. I had six minutes to get to another class, but I didn't know which one. I tried calling the secretary. Repeatedly. She wasn't there.

The minutes were ticking away. Who to call? I called a couple other secretaries in the main office. It took several calls before I finally got someone. By then the bell had rung.

Turns out, the secretary in charge of subs had stepped out for a couple hours. Someone had to go to her office to check her list. Again, more time passing while some class had no teacher. I finally got a room number. 512.

Um, 512 was right next door to where I was...

At least it wasn't a long trek to get to there. And then I had to mellow a room full of freshmen.

And the problems were just beginning.

I have no idea if I misheard the secretary or if she misspoke. Could be either.

22 comments:

  1. Glad the room wasn't far, but I feel for you in having to calm a classroom of freshman. Argh! 😬

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    1. Yeah, my troubles just started when I got there...

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  2. Been funny if they couldn't find it. You would've gone room to room, looking for a class without a teacher.

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  3. So easy to do when you are caught off guard and into something else that has your attention. I do crap like that all the time. I sometimes get in a really bad fog when I am hurting alot and it can look like I am really into what you are saying but I have not heard a word you said. Crazy....hence once reason I am now retired. haha

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    1. It happens. The question is: did you remember having the conversation, or did the person you talked to also go out of your memory?

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  4. Glad it worked out, but oh how frustrating that must have been

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    1. It was. I was more frustrated with myself over not paying close enough attention the first time.

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  5. It would drive me buggy to have to repeatedly call the office & just get a ringing phone. Grrr.

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    1. The thing is, that's not usual. Usually when I call the office, I get someone right away.

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  6. Its easy to get distracted when you're trying to get students to tow the line but at least numbers never lie.

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  7. Yay for finding out the correct room :)

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  8. What a weird number configuration this building must have for it to have room 512 but not 212. I must be too used to the first number indicating what floor it's on.

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  9. Frightening....a class without a teacher! Were they up to no-good?

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  10. Glad it was "just" next door and not halfway across the campus.

    betty

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  11. Thank goodness it was right next door. Freshmen to boot! Yuck

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