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subasaurus 09-10-2020 01:04 AM

Big brother is watching you
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Are you prepared to be broadcasted into homes while teachers, parents, and admin possess the ability to monitor your every move?

(1984 was supposed to be science fiction, not a reality.)

All I can say is protect yourself and find a good lawyer.

Interested in hearing people's thoughts on this.

Tapdancesub 09-10-2020 07:42 AM

Right now Im doing small groups on Zoom. Parents pop in and out and i have no problem with it. When this assignment is done however I will not be doing any subbing until we return to the classroom. Exploring other options right now. Like I said earlier Target is looking really good.

bodhimom 09-10-2020 12:19 PM

I don't think they're out to get us. They didn't ask for this, either. They're just trying to get through this, as we all are.

I think that one that is thinking of lawyers, already, needs to just stop until hybrid comes around. I'm not thinking lawyers, but that's what I'm doing. I just don't want to make an ass of myself LOL, especially with parents on it, too.

One reason I've always liked high school is that there is less parent involvement.

NJSubteacher 09-10-2020 03:49 PM

I dont like the idea of being broadcasted either. But, I only feel this is temporary and it is not for a negative purpose. Just until the pandemic settles down and school can return to normal.

I have tutored with parents listening in from the next room and just got used to it. There was a time my school district wanted to put cameras in every classroom, which I would have hated. The board of ed rejected that because teachers complained.... and felt they were not being trusted in addition to it being a huge waste of money.

bodhimom 09-11-2020 12:13 PM

If they put cameras in our classrooms, I want cameras in admin's offices.

subasaurus 09-11-2020 11:16 PM

Agree it's temporary and not designed to "spy" on us, I just really resent the idea of my in-person teaching being watched in a parent's living room.

What happens if a student melts down or is defiantly refusing to wear their mask and a parent doesn't like how we dealt with it? Yikes.

All this video technology could potentially open us up to far more liability than we already deal with in the first place. I feel like the last thing we need is another set of judging eyes on us already defenseless subs.

Stuff is weird right now.

subasaurus 09-11-2020 11:20 PM

That would certainly be tense.

A Zoomed office would be all kinds of crazy.

Now I'm thinking of The Office. Lol.

subasaurus 09-11-2020 11:22 PM

I'd like to apply to a small store like a laid-back Hallmark shop.

Imagine a saner workplace!

Us stressed folks in the education field only deal with uncertainty.

We totally deserve a less volatile field.

Aillya 09-13-2020 03:53 PM

I considered that, and honestly, as much as I hate feeling like I'm under a microscope, the fact that everything's recorded gives me objectively more security than if an irate parent's word was just their word against mine. I'll be boring, presentable, and just do my job. If someone has an issue with it, well, there's the footage.

MaineSub 09-18-2020 04:25 AM

There have already been cases of parents objecting to something a teacher did while teaching remotely. In one case, the parent recorded the teacher.

It's a brave new world. :D

But in some respects, it's not THAT much different. Kids were sneaking phones into class and recording unaware teachers long before COVID.

We have to be smarter and more careful but I don't think we have to be paranoid. As many have commented, most parents aren't "out to get us." But that doesn't mean there aren't a few who will leverage it to their advantage.

There have been some interesting discussions on the flip side of this. What if parents didn't want their home environment being broadcast? These cameras and learning platforms go both ways. Most admins I've talked with use phrases like "moving targets" and the honest ones admit there are a lot of unknowns. If there's a political poster behind one of your remote students, what do you do? (I use a virtual background both for privacy and to keep things "sanitized.") It may be a case of knowing what we don't know.

When we think about "best practices" at school, the question becomes how we transfer those to the remote classrooms. I'll be the first to admit, it isn't always easy or obvious.

One thing we do know is that we are in a position of public trust. That doesn't change when we go remote... it just gets a lot more difficult in many respects and maybe easier in others.

bodhimom 09-18-2020 02:33 PM

One reason why I like h.s. far less parent "involvement. "

subasaurus 09-22-2020 08:42 AM

Thanks for all your responses all.

Mainesub, good point about the political stuff on Zoom/Google Meets. We're living in politically charged times, so that actually could be something a substitute (or full time teacher) has to deal with.

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