Wednesday, November 11, 2020


Monday at the continuation high school. They had a video. (This was the Monday before the election, so it was about the candidates.) 

First and second periods had gone smoothly, so I had established a routine. I introduced the video, explained the assignment that went along with it (notes followed by three questions), and then I started the video. While watching the first ten-ish minutes, I input the roll (I had two computers going). Then I stopped the video so we could do the notes together before continuing on. 

Third period. A couple of the boys greeted each other in chat, but it wasn't anything major, so I didn't think anything of it. Then I did my intro and started the video. 

We were a couple minutes into the video when one boy turned on his mic and made a noise. 

I looked up from my roll taking to figure out who it was. I went back to my roll taking.

The same boy turned his mic back on and played music. It was something with a strong beat. 

I muted him. (It's a simple thing to do. Usually they mute themselves. And once muted, only they can unmute themselves. But I can mute them if necessary.) 

He turned his mic back on and the music was still playing. 

I muted him again. 

We did this one more time. I was just about ready to stop the video and warn him that disrupters would be removed from class (I have the ability to remove anyone from the meet) when he logged out. 

That solved that problem. And with the attendance software I have running in the background, I have a record of when he was there and when he left. 

But, of course that wasn't the only issue. While that boy was entertaining the class, the class was on the chat, commenting on it all. 

A1: who that

i hear a cat

im very confusion.

A2: lol

J1: lmaooooo

A2: im ball of confusion

hate that song





A3: lmfaooo

A1: love is a b****

thats a pretty good song

very soothing

J1: oml

L: *choke me like you hate me*

A1: ew

J1: stop


J1: lol

J2: lmaoo

J1: you are me

A1: 1v1 mw

J1: i am you

A1: j1 1v1

snipers only

A2: everyone lets play duck duck goose


L: j1 2 good

Rather than come up with replacement names, I've designated them by their first initial. And since those initials repeated, I just designated them 1, 2, or 3. 

With the loud boy gone, I could deal with the chat. I typed in that they needed to stop playing around and that the chat thread would be reported to the teacher. Then I delivered my coup de grâce. I disabled the chat. 

At the beginning of the year, I lamented the goofing off via chat. I came up with a solution for the class I was in that seemed to work. Since then, Google has added a couple dandy little controls for us meet runners. There's now a little "switch" I can toggle to take away their ability to use the chat. 

I had no more issues while the video was playing. (Then I had to restore the chat so the kiddos who were on task could answer my questions, but by then the problem was solved.) 

And how do I have such a precise transcript of the chat? I took pics on my phone so I could email them to their teacher. Because, I don't threaten things I'm not going to follow through on. 


  1. Follow through is always very important in those situations.

    And all hail the educators dealing with this every day. You are rock stars.

  2. Wow, I hadn't even considered the ways in which kids could goof off WHILE IN CLASS during virtual class. I know here in Huntsville, running virtual class and in-person class while librarians are now handling tech has teachers at their wits' (and librarians) at their wits' end.

    You are doing great, and under such stressful circumstances.


  3. Kids will always find a way to mess around one way or another!

  4. I was worried students wouldn't be able to find a way to be disruptive over zoom meetings, but thankfully they found a way. ;)

  5. Just because you aren't in a physical room doesn't mean they can goof off, but I bet they haven't clicked with that yet. Maybe after a few teachers like you who follow through they'll realise it's still school, just a different desk!

  6. The manifestations may be different, but the disruptions are always the same

  7. Good that there are things built in (like disabling the chat) to help keep "control" of the virtual classroom :)


  8. It's good that one is able to both 'mute' Ss and disable the chat function, when necessary.

  9. Good for you to disable that chat. Kids will always goof off. Hey look at Trump...who needs to be muted.

    1. Yeah, well when it gets to that point, it's time to stop them.

  10. I'm glad that Google is continuing to improve to meet your needs, but it's so telling that kids will always be a step ahead of even Google.


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