Last week was Thanksgiving break, so this is from the week before last.
Chemistry. I was on day four of a four-day assignment. They had a review assignment (finals are coming!), so I had spent four days in silence.
This distance learning thing can be very, very quiet. Teachers tend to leave independent work when there's a sub, and they still do. Virtually, that means the cameras and mics are off. I can check to see what got turned in, but I don't actually see them at work.
Fourth period. I did my intro. I then turned off my mic and started taking roll.
As they log in, their cameras and mics might flash on for a moment before they turn them off. But Brian's mic remained on.
Once I was done, I heard from Brian's mic various background noises. A dog. A sibling, maybe, making a passing remark. Keys on keyboard tapping. Then music started playing. (It sounded like The Beatles, but it was not a song I am familiar with.)
Then Brian started singing along.
I was torn. I totally could have muted him. It's a simple click. I could have told him his mic was on.
But, I rather liked hearing him. I know some people work better with music in the background (not me, I need silence), so I'm a teacher who allowed them to put in their earbuds on independent work days in the before. To me, it sounded like Brian was doing what he was supposed to. It felt normal.
This didn't last long.
After a minute of me not doing anything, Brian's classmates chimed in. Two turned on their mics to let Brian know he was not on silent.
Brian thanked them, and he went on mute.
I was sad to hear him go. But the others needed the quiet. I'm sure his music clashed with theirs.