Posted 12 November, 08on:
(That’s Spanish for “I’m sorry.”) No photo of the pants tonight. I have been putting out fires all day. Thank goodness that is a figurative, and not literal, statement.
When I was asked to teach a certain lesson plan today, I gave a list of needed materials. This was an entirely “hands on” lesson. Without the materials, there is no lesson. I get there early to make sure everything was set up only to discover the room is locked. Ugh. I call for a custodian to unlock the room and wait…. and wait. As students started lining up, I ran all the way to the main office to borrow a key. Finally, we spill into the room. Of course, the materials are not all there. The period has already started so I cannot leave the students alone to race around in search of materials. Did I mention that we were in the most barren room in the building. Entirely bereft of anything but tables, chairs, and dust dragons. Time to get creative and make it work! Thanks to some quick thinking and a couple of creative students, we adapted in Darwinian fashion.
That was the good part of the day….. there was various issues that came up with students. Out of respect for their privacy, I won’t go into details. Let’s just say that teaching the actual lesson is the easy part of a teacher’s day.
And I just got home from a three hour meeting. It was one of those meetings where a lot of things needed to be said but no one wanted to say them and definitely no one wanted to hear them. After listening to too many people trying to tap dance around the truth, I stretched my diplomacy skills to the max.
I managed to get a photo of my pants, but the camera is not playing nicely with the computer. At this point, I’m all out of “making it work” and trying to elicit cooperation amongst unwilling participants. I’ll give it another go tomorrow. Perhaps after a good night’s sleep, we will all be more cooperative. 🙂