Thursday, March 25, 2021

Moving Away

For the most part, the kiddos don't talk. They leave their cameras off as well as their microphones, so we communicate via the chat. But a few of them to turn on their mics and talk to me.

In period four, that student is Drake. 

I really appreciate Drake. When I have them doing work, he asks questions. I'm sure some of his questions are questions the other students have. And he answers when I pose questions for the class.

On Friday he was early to class. He's usually early, but this time he needed to talk to me.

Drake explained that he had just moved and he was using the WiFi hotspot from his phone to log into the meet. He wasn't going to be able to do the work for class due to the move. (They were going to install the internet the next week, probably.) 

Trying to be helpful, I pointed out that the school has WiFi hotspots for school work that the kiddos can pick up. That's when Drake informed me that he had moved two hours away.

Well, it's not Egypt, nor is it in an undisclosed foreign country for a funeral...

Drake will transfer schools, but at the end of the school year. This distance thing means he can finish off this school year where he's at. And I heard from other teachers that this seems to be a thing lately.

I would have liked to meet Drake in person. Sigh. But I consider that a valid excuse for late work. There are some things that one can't control.

15 comments:

  1. And if he hadn't told you where he moved, you'd never know he was far away. Technology...

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    1. I know, right? I didn't even ask, though. He offered the info.

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  2. Oh, wow! I never thought about such a situation. I'm sorry you never met. Be well, my dear.

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    1. I might not even remember later on. I do meet lots of kiddos.

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  3. The whole distance learning thing has so many new complications to deal with.

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  4. I didn't think about it, but in this situation online school is great, because he move but he can finish year in your school.

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  5. I guess it'll just be for a week. Hopefully the internet will be installed on time.

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  6. So much has changed for kids in school the last yr., then to add a move.

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    1. Moving is stressful enough. But at least he doesn't have to change schools right away.

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  7. It's sort of a consolation for me to know that you too experience almost all students keeping their mike and camera off. I find children here too do the same.

    Drake seems to be a proactive kid in the school. I hope he gets his Wi-Fi installed soon and is able to be active in your class.

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  8. Well Drake seems to be doing his best even if he doesn’t have wi-fi. He could also go to the library.

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    1. In his new town? Likely. If he knew where it was. He'll have to figure that out eventually, I'm sure.

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