|Staff in detention, praying for an early release|
But we hadn't been naughty, (well nobody actually has caught me yet) but it still felt like a punishment. We started with a presentation by Ringo regarding the procedural niceties of dealing with naughty/disturbed/evil kids. There was nothing wrong with the methodologies given to us in the handout, but then Ringo began to work his way through the handout, reading it to us. Now this may come as a shock to many people, but teachers can actually read (and in some cases, although excluding the Art and Music departments, write as well)
So reading out the FAQ handout was pointless. It's the same as when inexperienced lecturers put up a PowerPoint presentation on a screen, and then read it out word for word.
What's the point? It just ends up with a massive boredom overdose.
It was also suggested (by Big Braces) that I do some 5 minute bring-and-brag (although I don't think we're allowed to call it that anymore)style vignettes on basic computer usage, tips and hints.
Many,many times I and Carrot Head are asked to help with simple computer problems.
We have been having a lot of problems with our network recently, the main one being that quite often, staff and students cannot logon to the network, or even after they've logged on, they may lose their network connection after 10 minutes of work. CH has discovered the fault (not really a fault, just a service causing problems unexpectedly) . CH has been making a lot of changes to the system, trying to eradicate this annoying fault, but until then there's a simple work around.
- If you cannot logon, restart and reboot your computer
- Save your work every 5 minutes
- If you lose connection, restart and reboot your computer.
It always works, and everything can be seen (network drives etc.)
My students quickly accepted that there were problems, and they started using the work-arounds very quickly.
My colleagues however were a bit more resistant. I cannot count the number of times I have had a discussion like this (either in person or on the phone) Please note that this is after repeated emails and reminders of what to do if this type of computer problem occurred.
Colleague: "TSB, I can't get my computer to work"
Me: "Can you describe the problem?"
Colleague: "Yes, my computer won't let me use Word"
Me: "You mean MS Word won't start after you click on the icon?"
C: "Yes, well no, I can't see the Word on my computer"
Me: "You mean there's no icon on your desktop?"
Me: "Have you tried to use the alternative method of going to all the Office programs via the All Programs in the Start menu?"
Me: "Ok, here's what you do, you click on start on your.."
C: "No" "That's what I've been telling you " In tones of bewildered and injured impatience.
Me: Patiently. "OK, can you describe the problem EXACTLY"
C: "I can't get my computer to work" "It won't let me logon" [Ed. The first bit of real evidence]
Me: "OK, have you tried restarting"
C: "Yes, it never lets me logon"
Me: Thinks for 5 seconds. "Have you actually restarted the computer?" "I mean, have you switched the computer off completely, and then restarted it?"
C: Impatient and angry now "NO!" "I can't logon so I can't logoff"
Me: "You can switch it off by using the power button on the front." "All of our school computers can be shut off normally by just pushing the power button." "It;s called soft shut down." "And if that doesn't work, just keep the power button pushed in for 10- 15 seconds, and it'll shut down instantly"
C: "Oh." "I didn't know that"
Me: "That's OK, just try what I said next time"
C: "Why do I have to do this all the time" "Why can't you get the system to work properly"
Me: "We're working on it, we'll get it eventually" Knowing that ANY sort of technical description would just cause more confusion in her tiny brain
C: "Hmmph" "It's taking long enough" and walks off, disgruntled.
I love our school. Our kids are great (mostly) I think we've got some great staff, who give each other massive support.But trying to get teachers to do something is like trying to herd cats.
- A lesson plan and resources
- All to be left in my office or my pigeonhole in the staffroom.
I cannot count the number of times I've been given:
A scribbled note on the back of an envelope, supposed to be a complete lesson plan for 5 classes for the day
Missing class rolls (Form class is a class too. So is SSR and Assembly)
Not telling me that even though they've got a timetabled class for a particular spell, that they won't need cover for that class (remember, I've got to book my relieving teachers in advance if possible, and I have to pay them if I've booked them). I'M NOT BLOODY TELEPATHIC. YET. But I'm working on it.
All relief materials left in another room, a gym (major culprit), another teacher's pigeonhole, staff workroom.
I've got plenty of time to go and find the materials somewhere in the school when I've got 5 relieving teachers needing the work now, so they can get to class in time. NOT
Have a fun day.
Seemingly it's International Women's Day.
So here's an international woman.