Today was one of those rare days when I heard the voices of two students in our Google Meet without having to call on them to speak.
This is such an infrequent occurrence that I was disconcerted at first.
“Where did that voice come from?” I asked myself.
I scanned the frames on the Google Meet screen – some with actual faces and others with cute avatars – until I found it: the voice of a student I almost never hear from in class.
Tentatively, but with probably too much excitement in my voice, I said: “Yes?”
“Sra. Waingort, I just wanted to tell you that I won’t be here on Friday.”
“OK,” I said. And that child returned to hiding behind the cute avatar gracing their frame.
It was something, I tried consoling myself.
Once voice from the void.
And, then, as I was contemplating how something like a student speaking in class – something that may appear insignificant to a bystander – could actually make my day – out of nowhere, another voice piped up.
I scanned the frames again until I found it.
“Sra. Waingort, if you go to “change layout” and then click on “spotlight” it will pin the speaker to the screen.”
I almost fainted.
You may laugh, but it’s true.
Another voice from the abyss!
Two in one class!
On the same day!
I wait with bated breath for more voices from the void to spring forth tomorrow.
Cross posted to The Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Story Challenge.