Tuesday, May 25, 2010
After this, the rest of the school was dismissed and the eigth graders sat while the kindergartners read them a story based on "I'll Love You Forever" (more tears) and sang a song to them:
They visited for a little while longer and more pictures were taken.
Finally the party broke up - the 8th graders having exams to take.
I asked for prayers from everyone I knew, my pastor included. Never have I worked in an environment this hostile. Then I went to school.
My supervisor hadn't showed up yet to check us out. I finished putting my folders together. Honestly, I did my best, but it is just daunting. Every year there are more i's to dot and t's to cross. I prayed as I worked. Seriously. I thanked God for giving me the time to finish and I thanked Him for all the aggravation and asked Him to show me the way.
My supervisor showed up about an hour before school was out. She is probably more stressed out than we are. She sits down to begin going through our records with a fine tooth comb, when we told her that the gates are locked at 5:30. She starts making lists of every box not checked and form not attached. All of these documents have been accepted by the state. Why find mistakes now? They can't be easily changed once they are finalized and accepted. I think it just gives someone a job to go from district to district as a "monitor" to look for mistakes. Most certainly you will find some since the forms are SO tedious and the computer program so horrid.
It sometimes amuses me how much emphasis is placed on our paperwork and how little is placed on our actual teaching. I don't think more than two hours of my teaching were observed this year. But my paperwork has been scrutinized by multiple people for many hours. So you tell me what is important??
Tomorrow is my last day for the year. I guess she will be done finding our mistakes. I need to clean my classroom. That has been put on the back burner for weeks. I know that at some point tomorrow must end, and then they no longer have any hold over us.