How do you call an extention from classroom phone?

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  1. DreamerSeeker

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    I know this is dumb, that's why I'm avoiding asking anyone at school in-person.

    I haven't needed to yet, but if I ever do need to call an extension number from the classroom wall phone, how would I do it?

    Thank you in advance for any help.
     
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  3. vickilyn

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    Generally, you simply dial the extension (generally 4 digits). Now that I have said that, trust me when I say that you should ask the teacher in the room next to you (either side) to be sure that a stranger is even close to giving the right answer!
     
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    Ask a neighbour or the office; every phone system may be set up differently.
     
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    I imagine it'd be different in every school or district so you'd have to ask a co-worker. In mine, they changed the system a couple times over the last 4-5 years. It's a lot more simpler now!
     
  6. TeacherNY

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    We have a phone list with the extensions listed. Is your phone something fancy that it's hard to figure out??
     
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    I agree with the above, it depends on the phone. More than likely, you just dial the numbers for that extension, but that brings up a question I've been thinking of. Often to dial an outside line, you need to dial 9 first. I've wondered, in an unforeseen emergency, if a student, a parent, or a visitor needed to dial 911, would they know to dial 9 first. Normally, a teacher would be nearby to take over the situation, but what if the emergency incapacitated any teachers from assisting? Or for even a teacher, sometimes a fearful situation can cause short term memory loss which could delay the teacher remembering to dial the 9 prior to 911.
     
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    We can't call out from our classroom phones. Even with using 9. We have to call the switchboard to make the call for us (if anyone is manning the switchboard). That's why I hardly ever call parents. It's too much of a hassle when email is quicker.
     
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    Pick up the receiver. If you hear a dial tone, simply dial the extension. If you don't hear a dial tone, then look for a button at the top of the phone. There may be more than one. Push one and then you should hear the dial tone. Then dial the extension number.

    Hope that helps.
     
  10. Tired Teacher

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    I think school phones are different. Can you ask for a list of extensions? Then ask a neighbor what number it is that you need to dial out. You might find out that the phone system is a bit whacko. For yrs, you could only hear anyone if you had ours on speaker phone. IDK why, but I'd have never guessed if I hadn't asked. It really is important enough to ask.
     
  11. vickilyn

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    Let's face it - phone are different school to school, and sometimes different between buildings within the same school.
    Rule #1. Ask an experienced teacher in your building how the phone works.
    Rule #2: Read the teacher handbook or staff manual
    Rule #3: Dial 0 and ask the operator
     
  12. mathmagic

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    Rule #4: Pick the phone up and start trying random numbers and see what happens ;)
     
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    Yeah, there's always a math person in the mix who is willing to bet on number sense - you know, the numbers know what we want even if we use them poorly! :cool:
     

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