Friday, December 15, 2017
I was back in Ms. B's special ed class. It was Friday, but the lesson plans were from Tuesday. And she had taken her laptop computer with her.
(Later I learned that she was supposed to be out for a one-day training, but she had subsequently come down with the flu. The word "hospitalized" was bandied about.)
From my previous sojourns in her class, I pretty much knew what the drill was. We'd be fine. But I pondered the lack of computer.
What did I need the computer for? To take roll. That's no biggie, as I could just as easily input the roll via my phone. But then there was 5th period and their routine of watching CNN 10. Which we couldn't do via my phone.
I hemmed and hawed. Looked at the clock. I had time.
At the beginning of the school year, I learned that subs can check out Chromebooks from the school library. Some classrooms have no computer. Since we subs need to take roll via the online system, we actually need computer access during the day. This is the solution.
How many classrooms have no computer? Since the beginning of the school year, I've needed to check out a Chromebook three times, including this day. So, it's not a huge issue.
(Every teacher is issued a laptop by the school. Understandably, they don't always leave it in the classroom when they are not there.)
I headed into the library.
I should mention I was wearing a pair of my bauble earrings. (This is so common that normally it wouldn't merit a mention.) Mr. E, the school's librarian, took one look at me, declared me "festive", and insisted that a picture of me must be posted on their Christmas display. (They had a "fireplace" and "tree" built out of math textbooks.)
I blame the early morning. I allowed this.
At the end of the day when I returned the Chromebook, Mr. E informed me that my photo was on the display. I did not look. I took his word for it.
So, I guess students who venture into the library... Nah. No one pays attention to things like that. Do they?
(Having the Chromebook proved very useful several times during the day, not only to watch CNN 10. I'm glad I made the trip.)