Thursday, March 20, 2008

Using our words

Alas, I did not get observed today. What I did get, however, was a homework assignment. At 1:30 in the afternoon -- just as we were switching over to the last period of the day, mind you, so that cluster teachers would naturally be in the hallway walking to their next class -- there was an announcement on the loudspeaker: "Would the following teachers please bring two lesson plans to professional development on Monday."

What irritates me more than actually doing this assignment is the manner in which I was notified -- what if I had been over in the annex, or in the bathroom? You know that if I showed up Monday without a lesson plan, I'd be castigated for being unprepared. It's like my schoolwide periods in which I'm assigned to cover the in-school suspension room; lately they've been making announcements on the loudspeaker that the "suspension room is in effect today," but I never hear these announcements because I'm in the kindergarten annex, and then they have to come looking for me.

Meanwhile, all my lessons went beautifully today, which of course means that when I actually do get observed, they'll bomb. And, I was in a bad mood all day because I was expecting to get observed at any moment. It's like water torture: a slow, excrutiating descent into madness.

Happy long weekend, everyone!


Anonymous said...

Don't worry, it will all be fine!

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