Struck by Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law: ‘Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.’

The other day, a student teacher learnt this lesson, the hard way, as her PPT for the lesson I was to observe wouldn’t open in the classroom in the last minute. (But she still shone without the PPT; she is a gifted teacher.)

Then it happened to me. In the last 3 months, I had been coordinating a two-site joint video-conferenced lesson between a class in a Hong Kong primary school, and another class in a primary school in Foshan. We had as many as 5 trial runs, to make sure that the lesson would be 100% safe.

Yesterday was the big day, as teachers from other schools in Hong Kong turned up to see this lesson. They were expecting to see a highly interactive English lesson between the 2 classes. Everyone involved, the teachers, the students at the 2 places, and me, were excited about the forthcoming lesson.

Then one hour before the lesson was due to start, the Hong Kong school lost all Internet connection. We called PCCW immediately. which said that the soonest they could have the problem fixed was 3 hours. There was nothing we could do but to abort the video-conferenced lesson. Luckily the Hong Kong teacher had a Plan B, and taught a ‘traditional’ lesson for observation.

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Damn!


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