Thursday, October 8, 2020

Uploading Pages

desk in middle of classroom

World history. The kiddos were to read a chapter, outline, and answer questions. (The above is my remote work station. Glamorous, eh?) 

I've covered this teacher's classes in the past. This is a typical sub assignment from him. 

I went over the assignment with the first group. I got a few of the usual questions. And then. . . 

"What if we don't have the book?" 

It's October. School started mid-August. While books aren't distributed on the first day, it's been a month and a half. 

They set up a drive through. There were days for the students to show up and get stuff. And, since then, they can still come to the campus to pick things up. 

"I'm going to pick up the book tomorrow." 

Deep sigh. 

But, I decided to be nice. I know how to upload pages to their Google Classroom. I did it for the class I started the year with. Now, I did it for them because I knew they didn't have books yet, and I knew they hadn't had a chance to get them. (If I had been there another week, I would have stopped the practice as they had all picked up their books.) 

It's a laborious process. I take pics with my phone, and then I convert those pics into PDFs that I attach to an assignment in Google Classroom. (I tried just linking the pics from my drive, but for some reason it didn't work. This worked consistently.) But what took the longest was finding where the school computer stashed the PDFs I created.

By the time I got the files uploaded, the period was just about over. (Only two students said they didn't have the book, so the rest of the class was working just fine.) But at least I was prepared now. If the next class had the same issue, I was ready. 

The next class arrived. I gave them the assignment. And. . . crickets. Either they all had the book (likely) or they weren't fool enough to admit they hadn't picked it up yet. 

I guess they haven't done much with the book. I imagine the teacher does more lecturing than having them read. 

At least if this happens again, I should be able to upload the pages much more quickly. Or, perhaps I shouldn't offer at all. Because, they really should get their supplies.

16 comments:

  1. Boy, I sure hope they appreciate all of the work you do! That's a lot of work and shows your dedication. Thank you.

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  2. My answer would be - out of luck, kiddos.

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    1. Yeah, I could have gone that route, too. But it wasn't like I had anything else to do but watch them, so. . .

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  3. You really are a good teacher. Good on you for undertaking such an ordeal for them.

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  4. It's always something. ~shakes head~ Good job!

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    1. Well, it better be, or I'd be trying to make a list of 13 somethings today.

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  5. This all seem strange to me. But I know this is norm in some places

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  6. Your last line said it all, they really should have gotten their supplies! You guys have fall break?

    betty

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  7. We have all had to change ways of doing things but I would hate to be that sub or teacher that has to change the way they teach and crap to be a student learning this way....course I guess any given day you can be thankful that the kids even log on....haha

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    1. There are pros and cons to this. Classroom control is much, much easier ;)

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  8. That is really nice of you. My poor friend, who works a prestigious private school still does not have her contract....like everyone else. They have been working there since end of August.

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  9. I hope they appreciate the effort their sub goes to, but probably not.

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