Wednesday I mentioned the nightmare of testing the kiddos at a distance. Because the classes I'm covering are kind of technically a long-term gig, I was invited to the teacher training for the testing.
It was the make up of the make up. (I was at other schools doing other assignments for both the initial training and the make up training.) So, there were only six of us. Most of the teachers are working from home, so it was a virtual meeting.
I arrived a bit early. A couple teachers were chatting about various topics. Then the assistant principal running the training arrived.
It was as dull as you would imagine. The assistant principal showed us a couple videos demonstrating the things we needed to know, but as those videos had been included in the email about the training, I'd already seen them. (I was prepared.)
As the first video glitched, the assistant principal thought that all of our cameras being on might be taxing the system. So, we turned off our video. Our audio was already muted.
And suddenly we had screens that looked a whole lot like what teaching has looked like lately.
After the last video finished, the assistant principal had a few comments, and then he asked us if we had any questions.
None of us turned our cameras back on. We kept our microphones muted.
And the assistant principal said he understood what we were dealing with in our classes.
To be nice, we then turned our cameras back on, so he could see we were still there.
He dismissed us soon after, as we didn't have any questions. That is why we didn't respond. We're all used to sitting back and letting those with questions have the floor. But there's something unnerving on the other end when you're just looking at basically a blank screen and waiting for someone to say something.
We're all learning with this distance thing. It's a valuable experience.