Wednesday, June 6, 2018
A Likely Story
Eighth grade English. At this time of year they have their Anne Frank unit which includes studying the Holocaust.
I try to avoid these classes at this time of year for this very reason. I do consider the Holocaust to be a very important topic, and I'm glad that it's part of the curriculum. However, I have a very low threshold for other people's pain. Being exposed to the horrors makes me physically ill. Usually it's just a migraine, but that migraine will be with me all day.
This is why I will never again watch another Holocaust movie (if I can help it). I don't read the books. Whenever the topic comes up, I exit the situation. If you've ever wondered why trigger warnings exist, this is why.
I may try to avoid, but I can't always do it. This day was one of those situations. Luckily, I was able to avoid the worst of it and I came out of this day unscathed.
For their final project they're researching one topic related to the Holocaust (they got to choose from a list), and the following week (as you're reading this) they'll be doing a two minute presentation.
They got to use the computers (you can see them on the desks in the picture). So, my main job was to police computer use. (Fortnite is the game of choice at the moment.) Surprisingly, I had very few issues with the kiddos doing things they weren't supposed to be doing. Most were diligently researching their assigned topic.
Gavin asked to use the restroom. This is not an unusual occurrence, nor is my permission. While he was gone, however, Connor, the boy seated behind him, got out of his desk and sat at Gavin's. Then he started doing something with the keyboard...
I made my way over there very quickly. What was Conner doing on Gavin's computer?
Conner claimed innocence. "I was just making sure his name was on it."
Sure he was.
The Google document appeared unmolested. I shooed Conner back to his seat.
When Gavin returned, I waited. Was something amiss with his document? No, it appeared that he didn't notice anything wrong.
Whew. That means I caught Conner in time.
But, still. What was Conner doing? What did he hope to accomplish? It's not like they had the same topic (the teacher had specified that each student had a different topic), so there was nothing to copy. The only thing he could have been doing was sabotage.
I guess it'll remain a mystery to me. Whatever it was, I hope I did catch him in time.