Saturday, August 22, 2009

back, back, back to school again

Ok. I just got through a really rough week. It wasn't supposed to be like this. We have a new principal (yay!) who seems to have some semblance of a personality (yay!) and I'm teaching journalism (yay!) so everything was supposed to be very yay! this week.


Basically, I got screwed with the yearbook thing. It was the one thing I asked for in return for not getting paid to do the yearbook. All I wanted was control of who was in the yearbook class. This is one of my classes out of six. I didn't care who was in the other classes; I just wanted to control who was in this class.

They dumped a bunch of kids who failed 8th grade into my class. Also, they scheduled lunch during this class. So, I teach for 35 minutes, then take the kids to lunch for 30 minutes, then we come back to class for 10 minutes. Please tell me how anything constructive is going to happen??

When I asked for help from my AP in charge of scheduling, I got yelled at and told she had bigger problems. When I asked for help from another teacher, he told me he didn't have time for my shit and to get out of his classroom. I've never been anything but nice to these people - I don't deserve to be yelled at by colleagues and superiors.

But, they still yelled. I lost it. I sat in my car in the parking lot and just cried. Not only did my dream about this little yearbook class get taken away, but I was treated like dirt in the process. All of this because I'm trying to save the school money by not taking the supplement. To make it worse, all the coaches saw me crying and I feel like a fool.

There's no hope for the class now, I'm just going to have to find a way to make it work. I'm going to print out a picture of Tim Gunn, frame it, and put it on my desk to remind me to make it work.

I'm just so disappointed. I really had high hopes for this year and now I don't know what to think. I'm ready for the kids to come back, though, because they always cheer me up. Also, they are way nicer than the adults!!!



emilysuze said...

I'm so sorry! :( Yearbook only works when you have good, motivated kids who want to be there. You're amazing and you will find a way to make it work!

I ended up offering extra credit in my English class so that my hard workers in there would help write copy, take pictures, and sell ads for the yearbook.

At least you had a car with a/c to sit in and cry in, right? *feeble attempt at some humor*

GatorGirlintheCity said...

Hugs! I'm sorry that you had such a rough start but here's to knowing things can only get better.

The Working Girl said...

Aw, thanks blogging buddies! Yes, Em the new a/c helped! I actually thought about that during the breakdown, hee hee!!

I am working with cady & cady, so it's good to know they are supportive. The rep has been great thus far. She came to pre-planning and showed me how to use all the online design tools and gave me some curriculum, too! I'm just going to split the curriculum in that class and teach creative writing to half and yearbook to the other half. We'll see how it goes!!

The Working Girl said...

ps - Neighbor Nat - how's your new job?