Discussion in 'High School' started by James Williamson, Dec 13, 2017.
Dec 16, 2017
Do they also read on smart phones and tablets?
I don't see a lot of that, but I also don't view it as much different.
Dec 17, 2017
This is a field where optics are very important. No matter how mind numbingly boring it is to supervise students at times, as a fellow sub, I would never read on a device since the content of what I'm reading is not obvious. I also would avoid ever being seen with a video camera in hand and many devices today are also cameras. If you choose to potentially look as though you're not supervising them and read - and I've known a few cases in secondary where I can see that logic - at least protect yourself and go with paper.
One of the best answers addressing aspects OP hasn't considered, for sure. Well done.
I work in a school where we are not ever supposed to have our phones out for the reason of privacy laws and student confidentiality. No taking pictures with a private device. Our students are not allowed to have cell phones or internet access. If students were to get access to a teacher's phone, it could have serious repercussions. Mine is locked up when I arrive, and only unlocked after students leave for the day. Many of our students are paranoid, so if they see you on your phone, they would be quick to accuse you of recording them. NOT worth a text message or two when you consider having to answer to admin why you needed your phone out.
Wow, that sounds like some real paranoia! We are encouraged to use our phones for tasks such as attendance and entering grades. We are also encouraged to have students use phones for research, accessing teacher websites, and participating in class activities such as Kahoot.
Private school, 100% classified. Enough said? Our subs all work at the school full time - they know the rules. Sometimes your students are patients first, students second. It changes every thing.
Dec 18, 2017
That kind of culture is very foreign to me. I mean I understand it. When I first started teaching my school was kind of like this. It wasn't that the principal didn't WANT pictures of the kids doing cool things. It was that she was afraid that without signed permission, we would get in trouble for posting student pictures anywhere. I helped write and implement a photo release form that all parents signed at registration day so that we ended up being more free to take photos and post them to our website, for Donor's Choose projects, our school Twitter, etc.
Dec 20, 2017
My school has some high profile parents who don't want their kids' pics on anything as it could potentially endanger them. I get it.
Each school needs to do what is right for their students and families. Privacy means different things to different people. People who are termed millennials tend to think differently about a digital presence than people who would be considered boomers. Not to generalize too much, but that also comes into play in this discussion.
Would laptop be okay since it doesn't have a camera on the back of it?
Why are you so focused on being able to read and use your tablet/laptop? Maybe you should concern yourself more with being a good and effective sub. Srsly.
Dec 21, 2017
If you really feel the need to read during your sub assignment, I'd take a "real" book--no question then about what you're doing. Although, I would limit reading to your lunch break, a free period, or when students are doing independent reading.
Are you a sub already? Is this hypothetical? As I replied earlier, if in doubt, ask the admin or HR at the school where you work. We are just taking guesses in the dark, based on our individual school policy. If you want the answer, shoot an email, or, better, call the school/s where you are considering working. Don't be surprised if they want to know why this is such an important issue to you.
Good luck with your decision James. You got very similar recommendations from many people. If you want to be safe, follow the advice. You certainly can't get in trouble from paying attention to the class rather than reading. If you want the job, play the safe bet. You aren't going to get a consensus of people telling you what you want to hear.
Dec 24, 2017
If you want to build a reputation and are looking for a full time job as a teacher, no; interact with the students instead because you need to go above and beyond. If you are just subbing for a sub job only, ask first.
James is awesome.
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