Thursday, August 16, 2018
Clearly a Lie
Seventh period. For a change I had more than one student in class. I actually had two!
Yesterday I mentioned how the software had been down. They had the career research assignment to do or a couple of hand-drawn drafting assignments. It wasn't what they'd usually do in this class (computer aided drafting), but it wasn't completely off-topic.
A boy in the corner of the room laughed loudly. I glanced at what he had on his computer screen and found that he was watching something on YouTube. It looked like video from a radio station interview. It could have been a podcast.
(There is software on the teacher's computer that lets me watch what each student has on their computer screen. I've mentioned the technology before.)
Whatever it was, it wasn't on task.
I kept an eye on his computer as well as the computer of the other student in class. Neither were doing any work. Ah well.
At the end of the period, I went to "collect" their drawn-with-pencil-on-paper assignments. (Hey, the boy could have done that work with the video in the background. I don't know how, but many students do work better with background noise.) Of course, his paper was blank.
Me: "You did no work today?"
Boy: "I worked on that." He pointed at the career assignment. It was written on the board.
Me: "No, you didn't. You were watching videos all period."
He didn't argue with me any further.
Apparently, he's not aware of the monitoring software. But even then, he was laughing out loud. Loudly. For the whole room to hear. And he saw me look over at him. He really thought I wasn't aware he was watching a video that he found funny? Seriously?