Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Stop Watching Me
The memo read, "In order to be in compliance with CIPA regulations, all students must receive instruction regarding internet safety annually..."
The "instruction" was a short video that all the kiddos had to watch. Simple enough. I explained to the group what was up, and I put the video on.
"Can I go to the office to pick up my schedule? I've already seen the video."
I explained I realized that she had already seen the video. Last year. But she had to watch it again. She could go to the office after.
Oh, you'd think I was planning to torture her. (You've all see instruction videos for things like this. I freely admit it was as tedious as you imagine.) She whined. She needed her schedule right then. The video was boring. She didn't need to see it again.
So, I stopped the video. Reiterated that it was an annual requirement. That most jobs required such trainings regularly, and she was going to sit still for the video whether she liked it or not. And I'd start the video over each time she complained.
That got the complaints to stop (especially when I did actually start the video over). But she wasn't watching. She was watching me.
I turned and watched her right back.
"Stop looking at me."
I explained that she should have been watching the video.
"I can't watch the video with you looking at me."
I explained that if she was watching the video, she wouldn't notice me. She debated this. As long as I was watching her, she'd watch me right back.
I wish I could tell you this was the first time I've ever had this debate. Sadly, I've had this conversation (with different students) many, many times.