I am taking the day off from school tomorrow. Notice how I said school, not work. I had to take a day off in order to get caught up on paperwork which is just insane! There is always way too much to do. I plan to make myself a list in order of priority and go right down my list. If I can, I am also going to plan for the week after break so I can get all of my copies for next week and the week after break all set and hopefully be "ahead" for 5 minutes :p I am not going to be able to get behind again because I need to bust behind on my National Board entries come January.
I heard two things today that made my heart hurt. First that a K teacher got a new kiddo who transferred from a Young 5s class which isn't really appropriate...and the K teacher told me that the parent was told it was okay because OUR STUDENTS ARE SO BEHIND ANYWAY. What the heck?! Whomever that was is an ass. I have a ton of respect for our K teachers...I know I couldn't do it! And to me that was a slap in the face for someone to say that. Secondly, another K teacher, whom I adore, told me that she was asked not to voice her opinion at staff meetings anymore. Why? Because she pushes back and has the balls to say what the rest of us are thinking and she was told her questions weren't welcome. That is WRONG (and Mrs. A if you read this, don't repeat it, k?). I feel sad because this teacher is awesome and a huge advocate for our kids. No one should feel like their voice is being silenced :( We get enough of that from the top, we don't need to try to censor each other!
I am glad we are winding down to a break. My heart aches and I hate it. It isn't the kids at all....and I am afraid for their future and my sanity. I swear if I ever win the lottery, I am opening my own darn school!
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