Loblogger too easy to book equipment

Peter Sigsworth

COMMITTEE
Had a teacher who took the biscuit yesterday - because it is so easy to book equipment with lablogger (couple of clicks to find the template and it's done) she booked 4 different experiments for one double lesson, most would take a double lesson their own:

Magdeburg hemispheres - with the vacuum pump
hard boiled eggs into a flask experiment
Sweating and cooling (plastic bottles covered with wet/dry paper towels) thermometer used to measure cooling
Measuring 'up-thrust' - loads of heavy and not so heavy objects - balances and newton meters.

If she'd used the old system she would not have bothered to type out all the equipment required.

OK that was bad enough but when I came in this morning she had only used one of the requested kits and I find out that she had arranged (two days ago) a meeting at the same time, had to be covered for one of the lessons so only had a single left.

I knew lablogger was too good to be true.
 
Had similar - but not as bad. Once spotted I used the email facility back to the teacher and refused to 'authorise' it until changed. But then again there's just me where there used to be 2 techs and I am gradually digging my heels in to make the point that decisions made at management level actually have real-world consequences...….and a lone tech cannot be expected to do the workload of 2....so I don't !
 

Peter Sigsworth

COMMITTEE
Had similar - but not as bad. Once spotted I used the email facility back to the teacher and refused to 'authorise' it until changed. But then again there's just me where there used to be 2 techs and I am gradually digging my heels in to make the point that decisions made at management level actually have real-world consequences...….and a lone tech cannot be expected to do the workload of 2....so I don't !
I'm on my own as well - but feel sorry for the teacher - she struggles with discipline and she uses over preparing and heaping work on the students to keep them occupied, which doesn't work because they just get overwhelmed, give up and start messing about. I try to help her with suitable advice but to no avail - she's got 15 years experience she keeps telling me.
 
Ok i've never used Lablogger before and trying to find out if the functions are worth it. Thank you for your response.
 

karen b

COMMITTEE
Ok i've never used Lablogger before and trying to find out if the functions are worth it. Thank you for your response.

Join the LabLogger user group. Lots of help there. Plus we share experiment templates

was just going to post this.

People can answer your questions there, giving their experience of using Lablogger. Saves anyone not interested in using from reading about it
 
I can live with people booking more than they need if they keep communication open and tell me if they won't have time to do something. Some teachers are great at this. Some need to realise that communication doesn't stop just because they've submitted to lablogger.
 
One of ours did that. The last time is was for 3 practicals in a 90 minute time frame, one practical had a recommended class time of 60 minutes the other two 45 and 30. Most were never used and I ended up throwing out starch, albumen etc. I'm waiting for the next request...
 
I'm on my own as well - but feel sorry for the teacher - she struggles with discipline and she uses over preparing and heaping work on the students to keep them occupied, which doesn't work because they just get overwhelmed, give up and start messing about. I try to help her with suitable advice but to no avail - she's got 15 years experience she keeps telling me.

Honestly, I wouldn't feel sorry for her. Due to ego and pride, she has been ignoring 15 years of advice from people trying to make her life easier. As a result, her students are not learning and others (like you) are then left to pick up the pieces.
 

Dr.Roo

Best dressed trans' tech in the dept. X
Have had this myself too many times in the past.
I do chat to them & ask them, nicely, to rethink.
 

Peter Sigsworth

COMMITTEE
Have had this myself too many times in the past.
I do chat to them & ask them, nicely, to rethink.
Over preparation is a common defence mechanism when they have discipline problems. Having been a teacher, I've done this myself (when I first started).
 
I had that happen not long after I started and was asked for 4 chemistry practicals for 1 lesson. Each practical would have taken a double, the weird thing was each one was only for 2-3 sets. I spoke to him and it was a catch up lesson for kids that missed the core practicals first time round :D
 
Good old fashioned pen and printed req sheets cant be beaten.
We had 4 books scattered around for the different labs when I started. It was a nightmare to keep up with late requests. They would be snuck into a book then moans would happen if they were not delivered.
 
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