Monthly Archives: May 2015



My appeal for last year’s ineffective rating was officially denied. 

I’d had no faith in the process, and this confirms it. 

My principal is on track to rate me ineffective again this year, so I’m going to call the union rep just to get a sense of the protocol. 

It is what it is. I knew at the outset that this would likely be my last year there anyway. 

Today my coworker is absent and I was 10 minutes late…ideal conditions for another principal’s observation!

All I did was take attendance and read the remaining literary chapter aloud. (If and when she criticizes my lesson I’ll just remind her of the fact that she hasn’t allocated any funds for my students’ books for home reading assignments.) The room was very uncomfortable but I just shook it off. I didn’t try to put on a flourish or compensate. I didn’t come through 10 years of alternate side parking only to jump through more hoops for another circus master.

Professional autonomy, all day. In the meantime I’m trying to stay sweet, or at least civil, in this hostile place.

My dream right now is to start over in a supportive environment, where I’m given the tools and autonomy both myself (and students) need.

Hope everyone’s been good. I’ve been MIA lately and had to take a few or more days off for personal reasons, but I’m back now.

I’m counting down the days, and I think there are 17 more class days to the year, add approximately another week to get the total of work days left.

Mondays and Tuesdays remain a challenge due to the longer work days and (mostly) useless meetings.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are challenging due to pragmatic urban concerns involving alternate side parking and moving the car. 

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are great after 2:20pm.

God willing, it will be an awesome summer and I’ll be somewhere else next year. The year feels like it’s dragging now. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for over 10 years.