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Teacherbee_4 11-18-2020 04:17 PM

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Maybe I'm in the minority here, but as much as I am tempted to do other work during a virtual meeting, I don't. I just find it rude, even if the presenter can't see me or can't tell. I definitely don't do other work at in person meetings either. Again, tempted? For sure. But would I ever? Of course not! And if I did, I certainly would brag about it to others at the meeting!

Back story: I had a virtual IEP after school. One of the team members (one who actually provides services) showed me after the IEP everything she got done during the IEP.

I don't want to offend anyone who does this during meetings, and I know we are busy and sometimes have better use for our time than the meeting we are in, but regardless, I don't think I could ever feel comfortable doing other work at a meeting.

Emily26 11-18-2020 04:53 PM

I think it depends...
If it's a meeting with the 5 people on your team and you're totally zoned out, that's not very professional.

If I'm stuck in a PD that has NOTHING to do with me and there are 200 participants, I always multitask. I pay attention and participate as required, but I will use that time to work on other things.

I have 8 hours of Zoom meetings on Mondays. If I sat there attentively staring at my screen for that long, I'd go absolutely bonkers.

kahluablast 11-18-2020 05:41 PM

I agree that it does depend on the content of the meeting and the amount of participation it requires. This year, most meetings I am 100% involved in, but in person last year there were many situations were the info really had no impact on my job and I worked on other things.

Gromit 11-18-2020 05:43 PM

I agree with totally depends.

Small group meeting where my input is needed or appreciated? Absolutely no multitasking.

Medium group meeting (like a 20-30 person staff meeting) where my input is appreciated but not always needed for every topic? Multitask when the topic doesn't have to do with me or my grade. But I also did that for in person meetings. Most of our staff does.

Large format meeting where I'm not expected to participate but just listen? Definitely multi-task, but turn camera off.

Sbkangas5 11-18-2020 06:04 PM

I am the kind of person that listens better when I am doodling, etc. It helps me focus. So I always bring some kind of mindless task to large group meetings. I'm in kinder so we always have some cutting or tracing or something that needs done. So although my hands are busy I'm still listening and engaging.

Haley23 11-18-2020 06:30 PM

Another vote for it depends. If it's a big staff meeting or PD where the content mostly doesn't apply to me, I'm definitely multitasking. A small group meeting where I'm supposed to be engaged and giving input, nope.

Under most circumstances, I wouldn't in an IEP meeting because I don't want to look rude in front of the parent, even though there are long sections where perhaps another provider is talking and it's information I'm already familiar with. There is one exception. We have this stupid rule that SLPs can't do meetings by themselves. So for all of our speech only kids, our SLP needs me or the psych to go and sign the "director designee" line.

I don't know the kid, I have nothing to do with the IEP, and I have nothing to share. My purpose is to fulfill a legal requirement (at least the way my district has chosen to interpret it) and sign. In those cases, I introduce myself to the parent, explain that I don't work with their child and am just there for "paperwork reasons," and say something like, "I'm going to go ahead and mute and turn my camera off, and let (SLP) take it from here." Then I get work done and half listen in case there is some off chance I am needed for something.

MalloryJames 11-19-2020 06:21 AM

My school schedules meetings --all on Zoom now-- right before class begins. I have to be opening tabs and getting set up during the meeting or arrive a full hour before my contracted day and I can't do that. IEPs are after school and I don't multitask during those.

Violets2 11-20-2020 04:28 PM

There were plenty of staff meetings I would be listening and grading papers. If there are things being said that don't apply to me, I don't see a problem with it.

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