Thursday, August 27, 2009


this is going to be written in all lowercase as my left hand is currently shoveling chips into my mouth. words can't even describe how annoyed i am at myself for said action. i am supposed to be on a diet, and until this week, i was doing pretty good. maybe it is school starting that has me stuffing my face. maybe it is the fact that john is not here to be my conscience. maybe i have the onset of pms. who knows. i do know that i am pretty much sabotaging all the good work i have done. i just hope i don't have to start at square one, but we had some friends over for dinner on tuesday, and they brought a pie, and LEFT IT HERE, and of course i had to eat it. it was taunting me. and i am just not one to waste food. starving children in china would be, excuse me, would have been happy to have that pie.

All this eating (okay, chips have been put away. Capital letters may resume) may come from the fact that I work for possibly the most foolish principal in the world. Let me preface this by saying that I work in a school of 1770 students in a building made for 800 students. Needless to say, we have major needs. Not to mention that we are being asked to justify how every single copy we make will further student learning. Basically we have the administration breathing down our necks about TAKS scores, budget, etc. That being said, let me just recount this morning's meeting. After the faculty celebrations, our principal took a deep breath and paused for dramatic effect. He then told a story about a woman who approached him during 6th grade orientation and asked him a simple question: If he could choose one thing for the school what would he want? At this point in the story, the teachers are all leaning forward waiting for him to tell us of the wonderful thing we are going to get that is going to promote student learning. After another dramatic pause, the principal looks at us and says that he could not think of anything. There was collective feeling of let down. However, with a twinkle in his eye, the prinicipal continues the story. I am personally there is going to be a fantasatic ending to this story resulting in us getting new computers or every kid getting a lap top or something. Since he could not think of one thing, the woman then asked him what two things he might pick. He looks at us eager teachers again and says, "Again, I couldn't think of anything." He proceeds to tell us that he led this woman into the front office so that he could consult...wait for it...his SECRETARY. She asks the woman "Is there any financial cap?" The woman says no. At this point us teachers are getting really excited. We must be getting something fabulous for our kids. Maybe a new computer lab since we don't have enough. Hell, maybe a door for the ISS rooms. The principal pauses again. He is totally enjoying the suspense he is building. He looks us in the eye and says, "Marcia suggested an electronic marquee for the front of the school. So, the woman walked into my office today with a $20,000 check. We are getting a new marquee!" I wanted to hit him in the face. A woman gives him a huge sum of money, and it doesn't even cross his mind to a) consult the teachers about what we think would be best, and b) ask for something that promotes student learning! He has been harping on that for a week! Am I wrong for feeling this is a complete waste of money? I'm not much of a confrontational person, I ususally prefer to grumble under my breath, but I am seriously thinking of asking our principal what we was thinking and how he justifies this. I can't even believe this. Okay, I think I am done ranting about all the things that annoy me.

On a short positive note, I am loving all my students. They are so precious. I love the way my classes are running. I am teaching a special reading strategies class, so my classes are super, super small which means that I get to form good relationships with all my kids. I am so excited about all the things that I can do for them. I am nervous about teaching something new, but I think this is going to be really good.


Jenn=) said...

that is VERY annoying... You should get a couple of teachers together and confront him... or maybe all the teachers;)

By the way I was in a waiting room the other day and a lady told me that her kids are at AMS and one of them had you last year and LOVED you!

I didnt get her name but her daughter thought you were the best.

Mommy said...

Let me just say, loudly, "Oh My Lord!" What? This makes me very angry. That's quite annoying. Well, I feel sorry for AMS. That's too bad. What a terrible purchase. How can he ever ask for anything else for AMS after that purchase. The district will say..."Well, we gave you the money for anything you wanted, and you chose to get an electronic marqee." Those poor kids and teachers. Sorry Ash. :( I'm glad you're enjoying your classes. That's wonderful.

Sarah said...

That is RIDICULOUS! Things like that drive me nuts! It's like the harp on us then don't even live up to their own standards!

And about the diet...I was totally going to do wonderful this week and the first of school has totally caused me to eat whatever I want whenever I want the feeling is mutual and maybe after things calm down we can both do good again!

Clif and Katie said...

ASHLEY!! I have truly missed AMS, but honest to goodness, this story makes me so glad I'm not there under that administration!! I completely understand your frustration with all the admin "mumbo, jumbo" talk! Hope your year gets better! Just keep focusing on the students! (Yes, it's getting harder and harder to do!)
~Katie Allen

Kelsey said...

Ohmygosh, I can't beleive that! If I have ever thought about going back to teaching any time soon....the thought is now gone!