Monday, June 20, 2011

This is Leadership?

Here's a story about one of the principals from another teacher. I can't decide if my favorite part was that she had to call and tell the district that they had openings because they didn't notice or if it was that the principal didn't feel like showing her where her classroom was.

I was hired two days before school started, (After calling all the elementary schools in the city to find out where the openings were and then informing the district that they in fact did have jobs to fill). I went to the office to introduce myself to the principal and see if I could see my classroom so that I could get it ready for kids. When I walked in to the office it was utter chaos. I saw the principal in her office. I knocked and said, "Hi, my name is ---, and I was just hired to teach second grade here." Her response was "OK." I said, "I was wondering if I could go and see the classroom I am going to be in so I can set it up for the students tomorrow. Her response was something along the lines of I can't, I am too busy. So I stood in the office for about 10 minutes in a state of shock. When finally another teacher saw me and asked if he could help me. I explained my situation to him, and he took me up to the classroom. (which by the way, had all of the desks and chairs piled up in the middle of the classroom, nothing on the wall, no chalk for the chalkboard, and not a single piece of curriculum or literature to be found)

Five years ago: Surviving by Meanness
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