Yesterday, there was a knock on the door during my period 4 AP class. I was shocked. No one ever comes out to the trailers. Upon opening the door I found my favorite (no sarcasm, she really is my favorite) F status person with five people. She told me they were teachers from Korea who wanted to see an AP calculus class. Principal Suit wanted to know if it was okay if they came in. Suit sent her because he knew I would never turn her away.
I was shocked. Suit never sends anyone to the trailers, let alone my class. I let them in, made them introduce themselves to the kids and told them they were in for a treat. This AP group is the "liveliest" AP group I have had in years.
The group walked to the back and I continued teaching. Actually, I was just going over some really difficult derivative problems requiring a calculator. The kids got into it and were really showing off. I hate anyone in my room and tried to ignore the visitors in the back. One of them whipped out a video camera and started filming everything in sight. I was too dumbstruck to say anything. The guy even video taped the class next door through the window.
When the class ended, I went to Ms. F Status and complained about the video taping. She agreed with me and promised to talk to Suit. I don't know what the outcome was. Later in the day, I was discussing this with the AP stat teacher and she was also upset about the recording. Of course my AP's only response was "You are always complaining." I do complain, but only when things like this happen.
My students and I don't want to end up on Korean U-Tube. I don't think it is even legal to tape kids without their parent's permission. I only wish I had thought to tell the guy to put the camera away. Hopefully Suit will not allow this again.