It ALWAYS starts on Madhouse Monday!!! A Teacher’s Most Feared Words…

Monday we had faculty meeting…  same O’ same O’.  We talked about the end of quarter tests.  We discussed the security procedures for those tests.  A few other announcements were made…  And then, it happened.  Our principal stood before us as he often does and announces we will be loosing units – as he does every year.  Well, being tenured, I pay little attention to this announcement.

Two days later, I’m talking to my principal and, I can tell, he’s buttering me up!  However, I saw the red flags a little too late and there wasn’t anytime to run!  “I think I’m going to need you to move back to 7th grade.”  (mouth open)  “We need a strong teacher with our 7th graders and you’ve always done really well in 7th grade.”  DARN IT!  I love 8th grade!  The students are more mature.  There are fewer fights.  The material is easier for the students and therefore easier on me…  I have been bummed all day because of a teacher’s most feared words… 🙁

When I got home, my husband in all of his wisdom says, “Well, you’ll be fine”.  Duuuuuhhhh!  But I love my teaching partner, I love 8th graders, and I don’t want to move.  Oh, I forgot.  This also means I have to move my classroom again (I think this is my biggest disappointment.)

I guess my principal did throw me a bone…  He said if he could find a strong math teacher to teach 7th grade, he would leave me in 8th grade.  Now it’s just a wait and see game – at least I have all the 7th grade materials I need and I’ve taught 7th grade for 13 years…  It will all be ok…

A Teacher's Most Feared Words...

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