It’s like being back in the classroom

November 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

If you didn’t know already, my job is sort of a catch all.  An Instructional Technology Specialist (at least in my current distrcit) is responsible for a lot of things, from training teachers and helping them integrate techonlogy in their classes (which is supposed to be the main focus of the job) to fixing stuff that breaks, to making decisions about hardware and software.

I’ve had two incidents over the past week that made me feel like I was back in the classroom.

The annoying part of being in the classroom.

We had a training for teachers to update their web pages on a campus.  One of the teachers came in late.  And not just a few minutes.  TWENTY minutes.

I can understand if you have to travel to another campus, you might get stuck in traffic or something, but this teacher had to walk down the hallway.

Not only that, but this teacher then proceeded to be disruptive through the entire training, talking to other people, not paying attention, so that she had to ask (more than once) for me to repeat instructions I’d just given.

In addition to that, this same teacher (and another teacher in the room) received phone calls during the training and proceeded to take the calls while I was talking.  And they didn’t bother to whisper, either.  They were talking full voice on the phone.  I finally just stopped talking because I knew I’d have to repeat what I just said anyway, and said, “I guess we’ll wait.”

Having a phone turned up so that it rings during a training is bad enough.  Taking the phone call is rude, but taking the phone call and not leaving the room while instruction is going on is flat out unacceptable.

However, because my job is 70% public relations, I had to keep my mouth shut.

But I wondered if those same teachers would have accepted this same kind of behavior from their own students.  I’m all for teachers being treated like the professionals that they are, but if your own behavior wouldn’t be acceptable in your own classroom, don’t expect me to treat you any differently than you would treat your student, and don’t act surprised if I do.  Luckily for them, I kept my cool.  Next time, maybe not so much.

The other incident happened today.  I’m reading through RFP (Request For Proposal) responses.  I won’t say what they’re for, but let’s just say there was a big difference in the quality of work provided.

Some of the responses went into great detail about how everything we’re requesting works.  Others just gave a quick overview.  Some of them flat left pieces out.

Some of them looked like they really wanted our business (or in the classroom sense, wanted an ‘A’) and others looked like they were just throwing crap at the wall to see if it stuck.

It’s amazing how much adults are like kids at times…

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