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That's Not Funny, Internet

So there I was, two hundred plus characters into writing a new post, when POOF, I was evicted from the editor and deposited back on the login screen, having been completely logged out.

I dearly hoped that since the autosave had autosaved I might be able to log in and find the post I was working on waiting for me to finish but evidently the location of articles that have been autosaved is more than my tired mind can deduce at this point in the evening.

Five minutes ago the clock on my computer showed 8:57pm and I had just finished typing that it seemed like a lot later than that to me. I was blaming my feeling on the fact that I worked a 12 1/2 hour day at school today because we had a grade level parent event tonight at 6pm and attendance by the teachers was mandatory.

Counting my Principal, AP, the Guidance Counselor, the Data Keeper, two elective teachers, the Title 1 teacher, and 5 of us seventh grade teachers, there were twelve staff members at the event. Twenty parents showed up. We have over 200 students in the seventh grade. Considering there were three married couples there, only 17 of our students were represented. To be honest, it was still twice what we were expecting.

The event, which was a presentation by our Principal and our Grade Level chair was required to be held in order for us to receive Federal money to help buy a few computers for our school that were actually designed and built in this century. Each homeroom class is supposed to get two new computers for the students to use. When I add those to the student computers now in my room I will have exactly two student computers. My average class is thirty students. They are with me for eighty minutes. That averages out to just under three minutes of computer time per day per student. I am really excited about how that will positively affect their learning.

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P.S. To top it off, the image app wasn't working when I typed this article. Try to imagine 15 twelve-year-olds all working on one computer at the same time.

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LoudMan wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:21 PM

The imagemapp is driving me actually crazy, this time.

Kath wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:24 PM

Is this a recipe for stress? Seems like the humor category is indeed one of the best places for this scenario and the only way through this sort of thing sometimes...

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 16, 2015, 9:50 PM

I actually intended to write a fun post and it turned into a rant. My apologies.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:00 PM

I can only imagine how excited you will be to have two whole computers for 30 students' use. I'm sure your school system isn't the only one having these sort of shortages, but it must make your job that much more difficult. There's no philanthropists in the community who might take on funding computers for the school?

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 10:33 PM

I cannot imagine two 12-year-olds working collaboratively for long, let alone 15!!

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:00 PM

That is sad on both counts. First that so few parents cared enough to show, and second trying to picture you telling a student that his 3 minutes is up.

Paulie wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:29 PM

What is your definition of "homeroom" and what is a Title 1 teacher? When I taught at a Catholic all-girls school in the Bangkok area I also had between 25-40 students in a class and only two computers in the classroom.

bestwriter wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:41 PM

Three minutes per student is not going to take you or your student anywhere. emoticon :sad:

Kath wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:52 AM

No apology necessary! The word rant didn't come to mind. Reading your post, I was hovering between being entertained by your description, and simply feeling glad that I do not have to contend with such a challenge myself!

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:28 AM

It is disturbing to me that states are willing to spend 6 times as much per prison inmate as they do per student and then wonder why there is so much crime.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:30 AM

Home room is the group of students who come to me first thing in the morning when the bell rings. At my school, this same group stays with me for their first class and then moves as a group to the next. Only during electives do they go their own way. Title 1 is a Federal program for underprivileged schools. A Title 1 teacher is a teacher paid from those funds.

Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:39 AM

This is one of my "soapbox" issues, but I'll try not to be too long-winded. Crime is big business for government, an unfortunate reality. And, as I'm sure you're aware, the states who promised lottery profits would go to schools -- and naive as I am, I believed them -- then took more money from the state budget for education and put it elsewhere, making lottery profits not an "extra" for education but a line in the budget.

WordChazer wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:00 PM

Oops. Sounds like your students might have been trying to sabotage this post *grin*. Type it in Word next time, saves the hassle. (speaking from experience).

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AliCanary wrote on September 18, 2015, 12:39 PM

Wow, this was marinated, basted, AND stewed in sarcasm, and honestly, I can't blame you. The computer situation sounds pretty dire, and the parental participation is sad as hell.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 18, 2015, 8:43 PM

I will confess that I might have gotten a tad sarcastic there.