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Old 11-16-2020, 04:45 PM
 
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I had 3 students send me private messages today asking a question. For each one I was able to copy/paste the instructions to answer. At least they all thanked me. Sometimes I wonder why I bother to type the instructions at all.


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Old 11-16-2020, 06:06 PM
 
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I have started just telling them to go back and reread directions. It is annoying.

We have a big red sign that says "STOP-read the door before coming in" pertaining really to parents who keep stopping in the school. Other signs say "Don't come in without a mask-call xxx if you need a mask," and that an entrance form has to be filled out before entering, yet the P just watched 3 people in a row just walk in like it didn't matter. The sign is at eye level and very visible. No one reads anything anymore.
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Old 11-16-2020, 06:18 PM
 
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I have started just telling them to go back and reread directions. It is annoying. .
Me too. They want me to copy and paste the relevant portion so they don’t have to do *any* thinking. Nope, I’m not playing that game.
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No repeats
Old 11-16-2020, 06:31 PM
 
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I'm the mean teacher. When kids ask me a question I already answered or ask a direction that I already gave, I just say, "I'm sorry, I can't answer your question because I really told you that." Then they have to figure it out. It's very frustrating at the the beginning of the year, but eventually they learn.
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Read the directions
Old 11-16-2020, 07:23 PM
 
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I’m with teacher bee on this one. I refused to re read or resend directions if they were already given orally and in some printed format. My response was “sorry you didn’t pay attention the first time. The information is where it always is. Go find it.”

I had an early mentor teacher who said we have trained our students (and children) to wait for the third time we say something before they tune in. She wasn’t wrong.


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Old 11-16-2020, 08:26 PM
 
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directions if they were already given orally .
This was my biggest obstacle to developing good habits with the students - with distance learning, there are times when they legitimately do not hear me because of tech being too slow.

I couldn’t unilaterally say, “You should have been paying attention.” As a result, for a few weeks, we’d get the same question from multiple kids in a row. Some were legit, and some had figured out they didn’t have to pay attention because they could claim glitch.

So now, it’s “hang around when zoom class is over and I can answer questions.” If they legit didn’t hear, they stick around.
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:43 PM
 
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I used to say, "Bummer, I hope you can figure it out." It was written on the board, I went over them verbally and I asked for questions. I wasn't going to repeat them.

And, every Friday on exit slips I put in a fun direction (write your favorite color, write your age, etc). Kids who did it got a sucker. That got them used to reading directions.

I won't even tell you what I'm going through right now with the technology. Kids aren't listening, parents aren't listening, I'm spending most of my time giving directions on how to get to things we've been doing for 9 weeks. I almost screamed today with my 2nd graders.
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I used to say, "Bummer, I hope you can figure it out."
Same! I also used to say, "Bummer, what do you suppose you could do about that?"

And if it was the same kid over and over and over, it eventually became "That sounds sad for you."
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I already explained what to do.
Then I summarized it.
Then I waited for questions.
Then I sent you off to work...
And “NOW” you don’t understand.

I refer them to the directions.
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Old 11-18-2020, 01:26 PM
 
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I find myself repeating myself so much more with online learning... mostly due to the unfortunate amount of background noise in some houses.

After repeating twice I will normally ask another student that I know is “with it” to answer the questions. Now, my kids have begun asking each other which is amazing!


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The nice thing about distance teaching...
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is that we record all of our class sessions and post in google classroom. I refer them to the instant replay.
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is that we record all of our class sessions and post in google classroom. I refer them to the instant replay.
We’re not allowed to do that. I really wish we could!
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