Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Changed Minds

desk with two computers and various clutter

Last week I was back into the usual day-to-day subbing grind. (The above photo is of my setup. I had two computers going so I could "present" an agenda on screen while also being able to see the full class.) 

This was the Intro to Health Careers class, where the kiddos do modules exploring various health career options. I've written about it before. As it was mostly online pre-pandemic, I imagine not much has changed for the distance learning. 

The kiddos logged into the meet. A couple of them were confused as I was not their teacher. I explained that I was a sub. I imagine they haven't had many subs in this distance thing, but they're not unfamiliar with the concept. 

However, there were two students who logged in, saw me, and logged back out. . . 

One thing that has frequently happened is students logging out in the middle of class. Generally, they immediately log back in. Occasionally I get an explanation: someone closed their computer, the system logged them off, or other reasonable technical glitches. It's so commonplace for a name to have "left the meet" and then moments later that same name "joined the meet" that I don't sweat it any more. 

But these two, in the same period, never did return. 

Interesting. 

Now, I mean it could be a technical issue. And they can talk to their teacher about that. But, it looked to me like they saw a sub and decided not to remain. 

But I saw them. So, they didn't get credit for attendance, and they got mentioned in my note (now via email).

28 comments:

  1. oops....bet those two saw who was subbing and said that you don't let them get away with anything in class so they were not hanging around. Teaching that way must be hard, learning that way must also be rough.

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    1. And yet, what exactly am I going to do to them virtually? They might not realize that, of course. But, I mean, while they're at home, I'm not going to call them out for eating or such.

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  2. Well, guess they aren't tech savvy enough to realize their names show up. Whoops. I hope their teacher lets them know they still have to show up, even if it is a sub.

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  3. They thought they had a free pass. They were mistaken.

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  4. Those shirkers! This distance learning is quite the experiment, isn't it? I used to write curriculum for international distance learning programs, but I never thought we'd all be using this medium to educate our kids. Glad you're employed. That's good news.

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    1. It is. I keep learning new tricks. By the time we get back to in person, I'll be an expert.

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  5. It must be challenging to teach and keep track of the kids while teaching remotely, especially as a sub. Glad you are working again.

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  6. I've had signal issues where I get dropped out and have to rejoin a moment later after the signal (or whatever) gets fixed. It's maddening. So many glitches and things can go wrong. it would be interesting to find out if they had an issue or left because there was a sub.

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    1. Oh yes, this happens frequently. But the kiddos log right back in. I had a girl log out five times today, but she logged back in each time. (I even got kicked out of the meet.) It was them not coming back that lets me know they ditched.

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  7. I'm sure they'll try to claim it was a technical issue, but I think we can safely assume it was not. They were just hoping you'd see their names at the beginning and not notice them disappearing.

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  8. HA! They didn't realize you are a seasoned substitute.

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    1. I recognized so many names. They know me. Or, at least, they've had me in class before. They should know I'm not an idiot.

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  9. the more things change, the more they stay the same

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  10. So many kids are doing this and all it does is put them behind in their work. You would think they'd get at least that part of how skipping virtual class isn't good for them.

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    1. Well, it was just bookwork, so as long as they did that. . . Yeah, I highly doubt that they did the work.

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  11. He he, saw you and fled. Loved it! I have been in enough virtual meetings at work by now (we started doing it a couple of weeks before the lockdown when all but 15% of us were sent home)to be quite familiar with the "X has left the meeting, X has joined the meeting" within seconds of each announcement.

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    1. Yup. Exactly. It's quickly becoming background noise.

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  12. LOL! I would be offended. What about me repulsed them?

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    1. They do the same thing in person, actually, and most of the time we've had run ins in class before. I don't always recognize them, but frequently I will recall an incident where I don't want to see them again, either.

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  13. I can't imagine doing distance learning but I guess I couldn't imagine working remotely either. Strange times for everyone! And like others have said, seems like the two who skipped out haven't quite figured out how this all works!

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    1. Pretty much. As for distance learning, imagine going to school in your PJs. There are benefits. But most of them miss their friends.

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  14. I wonder in years how this will all play out.

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  15. They really thought they could get away with it? How are absences handled? Do parents have to call in like in the "old days" if a student was sick so it would be an excused absence?

    betty

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  16. They saw the sub and thought they could take off for the day.

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  17. Different system, same behaviour, lol.

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