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Is it Just Me?

February 26th, 2013 at 04:45 pm

So today the art teacher and I got called onto the carpet by the principal. Apparently the first grade teacher complained to her that her kids had missed media 4 times and art 3 times just in the last 8 weeks. I'm not sure how she arrived at that number, but oh well. Our principal has asked us to schedule 2 make up sessions for her.

Does this mean I need to schedule make up sessions for the 4 year olds and for the second graders as well?? Because they missed the same days! I know of two days for sure - one I was home sick, and the other I was judging for the Science Fair. Other than that ... not sure how she came up with the number.

The thing that really gets me though is that instead of saying something to me or to NM about wanting to makeup for the lost classes, she went directly to the principal. I try my best to schedule makeup time for classes that are missed for whatever reason, but I don't have a lot of free time in my schedule - and if they don't ask ... well.

The long and short of it is that we have to have lesson plans for the assistants to do with the kids when we know we'll be gone. That's fine with me - did it last year, and no one used them. So didn't bother with it this year.

That just really frustrated me today.

At lunch I found out that because one of the mission staff was laid off, we are losing one of my favorite 7th grade boys after next week. (end of 3rd qtr.) Frown

Today I had the 7th graders start their presentations. Only two boys presented. One of them is very socially awkward and has trouble with school ... but he surprised me with doing a bang up job. His slides had something to be desired as far as mechanics, but he knew his material inside and out! He outperformed ANY of the 8th graders from yesterdays presentations.

Technology decided to play games with me when the 7th grade girls were there .. so only 1 was able to present.

Sigh. This means this project drags out yet another week.

After a day like today I wonder about my decision to stay here another year. Not to mention that hearing about layoffs at the mission office helps to increase anxiety about job security.

The yearbook deadline is looming closer and closer. March 18. I really hope I have my journalism kids ALL 6 class periods between now and then. We need every minute we have. Whatever is left, I'll have to do myself. Ugh!

It looks like I passed my latest module in the 6 month long class. We are now starting the mobile learning (iPad) module, and then a few weeks to finalize the final project. And ... then we're done! April 6 is the official last day. I'll be SO glad when it's over.

It is really cold and very windy here today. The temperature might not be so bad if it wasn't for the wind. At least it isn't snow (right now at least ..)

5 Responses to “Is it Just Me?”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    That is really lame. I hate when someone escalates a complaint higher than it needs to go! I hate it when people do it with complaints about me (like when people whose material I'm reviewing for my client, go to my client instead of writing to me), and I equally hate it when someone comes to me about one of my direct reports over a relatively simple issue.

    My first response is always "Well, did you speak to them about it?" Because come on, we can resolve problems without "calling people on the carpet," as you perfectly put it. If I feel like someone isn't paying attention to my complaint, I might go a step above them, or if I feel threatened or intimidated to talk to the person I have a problem with.

    In your case, seems like first-grade teacher could have solved this much more easily (and amicably) by asking you guys nicely to make up lessons for her class.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I agree, very lame.

  3. laura Says:

    I'd only go to the higher ups if there isn't a successful resolution at the first outcome. Agree: lame.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Ugh - VERY annoying.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks all. This morning the art teacher and I met with the complainy teacher and worked out when the make up classes will be. After we did that, I told the complainy teacher that I really try to be flexible and accommodating, and that all she had needed to do was tell me that she'd like a make up class. I also told her that I'd felt ambushed, and I really didn't like that. The whole time she was nodding her head like she heard me ... who knows. She's only 23, so still very young. One of my walking companions told me today that she'd often wondered what I looked like when I was mad, and that she thinks she finally knows from how I looked yesterday after school. Smile

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