A sign of the times, I guess!

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  1. HistTchr

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    Today was the first day of school in my district. One of the teachers in my department began class by having students fill out an information sheet. There was a space on the paper for the students to write their home phone numbers. Apparently, she had at least one student in each class (9th grade) that asked what that meant! That was a first!
     
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  3. JustMe

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    Haha...interesting.
     
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    That's funny! I do have to really think about it to remember my home phone number-I use it so rarely. ;)
     
  5. HistTchr

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    Same here, actually. People never know it's me when I call on my home phone because I hardly ever use it!
     
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    lol

    our new gradebook has all of the staff members' phone numbers listed in its directory. So everyone at the school has easy access to everyone else's number. We found this out in a training session.

    It was funny to see everyone jump screens and check out their names. Even funnier when several people said "oh, it's just my home number, no big deal."
     
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    Haha seriously??

    I always prefer talking on my home phone rather than my cell.
     
  8. FarFromHome

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    I haven't had a home phone for several years. I don't have kids, so cell phones work fine for us.
     
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    I haven't had a home phone since moving out of my parents house 10 years ago!
     
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    I'm the opposite; I'm NEVER on my cell.

    Once summer ends, I'm pretty much either at home, at school, or enroute.

    At home I have the house phone.
    At school, my cell is turned off.
    Enroute, my cell is turned off; it's against the law here to use anything but hands-free as you drive.

    I use my cell mostly to text things like "I'm here" to my kids when they need a ride and I don't feel like getting out of the car.
     
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    I have a home phone that is used for internet/fax/DirectV, but I never talk on the phone.
     
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    These days, the term has become "land line". Many of my students and their parents have individual cell phones but not a central number in their homes. This becomes problematic if minutes start to run low.
     
  13. Reality Check

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    That falls into the same category as kids who have no idea what something like "a quarter after eight" means in time-telling. Since all they've really known are digital clocks, they don't know any way other than "8:15."

    :dunno:
     
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    Funny- I was teaching in rural India and many of the kids had never seen a digital clock before. They didn't understand what "8:15" meant... They only understood "Quarter past 8" or "ten to 8" or "5 past half past 5" and things like that!
     
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    I don't even know my home phone number. I have to look it up in my cell phone when someone asks for it.
     
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    I think a lot of families have given up having a home phone since everybody has cell phones. Having one just seems obsolete when every single member in the family has their own personal phone.

    But I do remember spending hours tied to our home phone as a kid- like the one with the long stretchy cord that could thankfully reach every where in the kitchen (so I could still do my chores in there and be on the phone at the same time).

    I've had to explain why the save icon is a little disk in Word to my students. They don't have any clue what a floppy disk is :)
     
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    I do wonder if, and this is also a sign of the times, some kids who ask that have divorced parents. They may not know whose phone number a teacher needs.
     
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    My husband and I gave up our landline several years ago.... We never used it!
     
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    I haven't had a land line since I moved to Ohio. My husband and I just haven't bothered.
     
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    Hah. I haven't had a home phone since I moved out either. We really don't need one at all. However, I'd like to get one eventually for emergency purposes. Calling 911 from a land line is preferable because they can immediately see where you are if you're not able to communicate it yourself. It can take far too long on a cell phone. Getting a land line is just too expensive for us to get exclusively for emergencies though.
     
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    The only reason we have a landline is because it comes with the internet/cable package & actually costs MORE if we were to get rid of it (many cable companies get a tax write off for the phone line). However, we have no phone connected to it...haven't had a landline in about 6 years!
     
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    When I first started teaching, I was shocked by how many MS students can only read a digital clock. :eek:
    Every time they would sign-out to go to the bathroom, they would stare at the clock for a bit before they turned to me and asked, "what time is it?" I mean many of our MS cannot spell, do basic math problems (they line up the problem wrongs so even basic subtraction is off) AND they can't tell time. What is going on at the ELEM level (although, I am NOT blaming ELEM teachers)? :eek:
     
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    I think a little piece of my soul died Thursday when one of my students asked my if cassette tapes are those rectangle things his dad has. I felt old.
     
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    They tend to think that "a quarter after 8" is 8:25, since 25 cents is a quarter. Someone needs to actually explain to them that it's 15 minutes, since it's a quarter of an hour.

    In their defense, when was the last time you saw a rotary clock? Aside from the ones in our classrooms, I can't even tell you where to find one.
     
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    I agree with you on the first part...I remember my second year teaching my sixth grade students how to read clocks. In language arts classes. Very, very few could and when this dawned on me I had to shift gears for two days. It's still one of my happiest teaching moments because they were thrilled to understand the mystery. :)

    But don't most people have the clocks at home? I mean, besides those weather clocks, I never see digital clocks in homes besides on appliances and such.
     
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    I find many don't have clocks at home besides digital ones. The only reason I have one is because it's the cat clock where the eyes and tail move. It's mostly decoration.

    I haven't had a landline since I lived with my parents.
     

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