Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Still Attending Class

Last week was Thanksgiving break. We had no school. This happened two weeks ago, the week before the break...

Because of distance learning, the district has revamped roll taking. One big change: teachers can input and access attendance notes. 

Before, only the attendance clerks could amend the attendance to note that a kiddo cut class or the kiddo had a doctor's appointment. And we teachers couldn't see that note.

Now, a little dialog bubble appears next to a student's name indicating something's up. 

I've had students tell me they had to leave class early for appointments. So, I input that info into the attendance myself. 

Eleventh grade English. I noticed the dialog bubble on Myra's name. It said, "out of town for funeral". So, I was surprised to see Myra in class. 

The English class was co-taught. The other teacher had given them a question to answer. They were to type into chat how they were feeling and why. Like, "I am happy because we got a new puppy". 

The answers were lots of tireds, a few happies, and some other random feelings. 

Myra: "I am tired because it is 1:40 AM here." 

I don't know where Myra went for the funeral, but it was clearly out of the country. (We're on the west coast. It was 9:40 AM. In New York, it would would have been 12:40 PM.) 

I'm not sure if I'm impressed Myra still attended class or if I'm horrified. 

19 comments:

  1. I'm impressed. After all, she might have needed a distraction from the sad proceedings and could have gotten up to no good instead.

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  2. That would stink to have to be up that late to take a class. I'd be feeling tired, too!

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    1. Yup. Late or early, though? Her day is all upside down.

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  3. I'm impressed! But wow, to travel that far for a funeral, especially now.

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  4. Wow. That is dedication—or being in need of a distraction. Either way, it's impressive.

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  5. Long flight for sure! Bless her heart.

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  6. I suppose in another country where you don't know many people and everyone's asleep, you might be bored enough to want to go to school.

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  7. Oh dear. I guess that's the downfall of having remote schooling.

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    1. And she's not the only one. I've heard stories of other students who are out of the country and still attending school. It's a weird schedule, to be sure.

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  8. At least it means they can touch base with school more easily so don't get as far behind in their work. Good on her (or her Mum) for being dedicated.

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  9. Got to give her credit for trying to keep up with her learning. I'll have to ask my DIL as they went to California for a long weekend a few weeks back if her daughter did remote learning while she was there. I'm thinking, knowing how she is as a student, that she probably did.

    betty

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  10. Jet lag could have messed up her sleep schedule.

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  11. She was either determined not to miss class or her mother was determined she wouldn't miss it.

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  12. Interesting story. And one that reveals so much about the times we live in. There are no physical borders anymore, only time differences!

    Have a great end of the year. Let's kiss this one goodbye.

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  13. Sounds like she is in China or Thailand and I am impressed with this girl because despite a long flight and the loss of a loved one, she still attended.

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