I have had a bad day. The kind of bad day that makes it hard to remember all the reasons why you love your job and want to keep doing it for the rest of your life. That kind of bad day.
It started out well enough, we were in the computer lab, using Google classroom to review for an upcoming test. I had reserved the computer lab on Friday with Mrs. Suave, my department’s Instructional Coach, plus Testing Principal. I had to reserve it with her, because our school librarian, Mrs. Futile, was apparently out and had not bothered to set up an out-of-office email. So anyhow, there is a spreadsheet that shows the schedules of the three grade levels and the available computer labs, and at a quick glance, it appeared that the computer lab I wanted was available all day, except for Study Hall time! Score! So I made my lesson plans accordingly, letting students know that is where we would meet for class that day.
About halfway through 1st period, Mrs. Futile emails me “You did understand that the Computer Lab is booked for half of your 7th period, right?” Uh, no. I did not. But I’m a teacher, and I can adapt, so we will do half of class in the classroom and half in the computer lab, not ideal, but I can make it work. Ugh.
Next, I have another email from Ms. Stout. She is worried about Lax. He is dyslexic and and is worried that he can’t pass the test tomorrow. I explain to Ms. Stout that Lax and I have had numerous conversations about his need to come in and make up his notes, and that he has recently been insolent, disruptive and refusing to work. She insists that I need to give him copies of my notes. I start ignoring her emails.
I get another email, this time from Mr. Pudge, my head principal. It says “Please decorate your door next week.” It is college week this week. I was out two days last week, but I had stuff ready for my sub, and when I returned I took care of all the extra grading and discipline that is inevitable when a teacher isn’t there. So, I had not decorated my door. I am reprimanded. I don’t think that my door will convince my students to go to college, so I don’t see this a super important. Annoying.
Next, I am trying to make copies of the test, you know, for tomorrow. And the copier on our hall decides that it doesn’t want to work. We try replacing the toner. It still doesn’t work. Super annoying.
And in the big middle of this, Ms. Vapid shows up also wanting to talk with me about Lax. Now, as you may have guessed from her pseudonym, I don’t have a high opinion of this teacher. This is partially because she has kicked Lax out of her State Test Review Time during Study Hall. And now she is attempting to TELL me what I HAVE to do in my classroom. Uh, no. Step back before I knock you down. She actually follows me from one workroom to the next, haranguing me about what SHE thinks needs to happen for this student.
I should probably mention (before you decide I am a monster) that Lax has fill-in-the-blank notes, so he only has to write about 4 words to every other student’s 2 sentences. This is above and beyond the required accommodations for this particular student. But recently, he has refused to take even those notes in my class, so I am being unwilling to do the work for him, as he is making poor choices unrelated to his disability. PLUS, our activity in the computer lab is a review of the test material, and he can listen to it, further accommodating his disability.
I wasn’t too upset with Ms. Stout, she’s that grandmotherly type and she LOVES her students like crazy. Ms. Vapid, on the other hand, throws him out of her class and then has the nerve to try to lecture me? Uh, fraid not.
I get another email. (I really should have just stopped checking my email). This one is from a foundation that I had applied for a grant from. I am denied. Ugh.
I talk with Lax in class. He can’t come in early, he can’t stay late. We make arrangements for him to come in and review with me during one of his elective classes the next day. He seems happy.
After school, I run to the library to get paper for the all-important decorating of the door, and run into Mrs. Fierce, our Special Education Councilor. “What’s going on with Lax?” She asks. I tell her. I also tell her all about Ms. Vapid trying to tell me what to do in my classroom. Mrs. Fierce is fine with the accommodations I have made and plan on making for Lax, and agrees that Ms. Vapid is over-the-line. Turns out Ms. Vapid had emailed Mrs. Fierce claiming that I wasn’t meeting the student’s accommodations. UGH UGH UGH.
On the way home, I am nearly in a wreck due to someone coming to a COMPLETE and UTTER STOP and the end of the on-ramp instead of merging with traffic. That’s it, I’m done!
Hubs had to take us out to dinner. I was too mentally fatigued to even cook supper.