Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mr. O and the Powerpoint Remote


I don't generally cover Spanish classes (silly me took French in high school), but the pickings were slim that Monday...

I arrived to find the best of surprises: a student teacher. Woo-hoo! It meant I'd be pretty bored, but at least I didn't have to pretend to have any idea of how to speak Spanish.

He'd already set up the computer when I got there. As it was Monday, he went through their usual PowerPoint of the week's vocabulary. (When I was a kid, all we had was the book. Now, he puts up pictures to accompany the vocabulary words along with other examples to make the words more memorable.) The whole procedure went so smoothly I figured this was what they did every Monday.

However, there was one issue. The remote the student teacher used to advance the slides wasn't working.

Bonus for me, as I needed something to do. I stood at the computer and hit advance when he was ready for the next slide.

But that didn't explain why the remote wasn't working. Mr. O found the replacement batteries, but that didn't help.

After two periods, he looked down at the computer and wondered where the USB drive that was usually in the computer was. And that's when I found it in the remote...

Obvious, in retrospect. We won't complain about Mr. O, either. He's only been student teaching about a month, so it's easy to see how he might not have figured this part out yet.

(And with the remote found, I had nothing to do but watch. Some days I really wish I had brought my knitting.)

18 comments:

  1. Hi Liz - well at least it wasn't a fractious day ... glad it went smoothly though - cheers Hilary

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    1. This made me laugh. That sounds like a boring sort of day that would drag on and on. Ugh... Be well!

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    2. Hence why I wished I had brought my knitting :)

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  3. You asked if we had chicken with our waffles. No, we had bacon. I am finally, at my advanced age, learning to not walk away from the bacon while frying it. It was almost perfect. No burnt spots.

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  4. I took four years of Spanish and I'd still be pretending I knew it in front of a class. How was the USB drive in the remote? I never heard of that (but I don't use remotes a lot).

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  5. Yep...I have found that techno things work best if everything it there and hooked up. haha...The bottom fell out, its a southern saying, means that it came a down pour. Basically that is life for us right now in TN. RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....and YET MORE RAIN. I am so over it. Don't mind rainy days but when it is five, or six in a row you get really tired of it. This morning the dogs eyes were floating cause they will not go out and pee.

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    1. Ah, I suspected it had something to do with rain. We're not faring much better...

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  6. Ooh, a student teacher! That sort of sounds fun, but I could see how you would have been bored has all been running smoothly.

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    1. It's nice to have another adult in the room. But yeah, boring.

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  7. A student teacher...what fun one could have....I know..I am bad. Glad you finally figured out what the issue was

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  8. Spanish would have been a good language to take living in Southern California, but I only took it for 1 semester in high school, silly me :)

    Do you work with a lot of student teachers?

    betty

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    1. You would have done better covering this class than me, then.

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  10. Would it be allowable, to bring your knitting? I recall male sub teachers with newspapers.

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  11. I've seen people do that with their (bluetooth) computer mouse. The dongle is hidden inside the cover of the mouse. My mouse won't do it though because it is so old the dongle is really large!

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