Addressing Drama!!!

Dear Readers,

I have a dilemma. My students are some of the back-bitingest, trouble-makingest, drama queens & kings I’ve ever met in 10 years of Education. The girls can’t get along to save their lives. So, I’ve been addressing the problem head-on, but it is not getting any better. Do you have any advice, because I am @ my wit’s end. HELP!!!

Vegas Bound!!!

Dear Readers,

Can you say happy??? Why am I so happy? I’m so happy because last night was my daughter’s last cheer practice. EVER!!! Let me just say that I am not cut out for this cheerleading junk. The little girls are bitchy already & some of the moms are just crazy. So, the culmination of this all is the JAMZ national competition in Vegas today through Sunday. I’m praying for the #1 spot!

I’ll let you know what happens. Bye for now!

Being the Best ME I Can Be!

I’ve been learning so much, especially from my failures. Before, the old ME, would have been a little discouraged and not tried for the fellowship that I’m applying for. In fact, I entertained the idea of not even applying last week. I was discouraged because I let my emotions get the best of me, yet again. I didn’t feel that I’m ready. But, I did not give up. I know that, when life gets tough, that you need to keep going. What other option is there?

That was before I had a pep talk with myself. I had to tell myself that if I wait for the “right” time, I’ll never do it. Although I am not ready, I will continually strive to be the best ME I can be. Why wouldn’t I? or you for that matter?

Bull$^%! Part 2 (or Something Good Can Come Out of Failure!)

So, as you know, Dear Readers, I was pissed off to the highest of pissivity with my Principal & her assistant. They felt the need to try to put me on the spot for what I call the field trip fiasco. I took responsibility for the whole mess. Well, at least I tried to, but the other two teachers that went on the field trip didn’t let that happen. They assumed responsibility. I talked to the 6th grade teacher & he told me that he sent an e-mail acknowledging his part in it. Then I talked to the 2/3rd teacher. When I told him that the e-mail was directed at me & not to worry about it, he replied, “Nonsense. We’ll handle this as a team.” I could have kissed him. I felt so loved by my co-workers at that point. It felt more like a family than it ever has. Now, on to the part about the meeting.

So, the Principal brings it up & I’m ready for some bull$h^+! Imagine my surprise when she said that the e-mail wasn’t directed at me. She was lying, but I was glad that I did not have to get into a big brouhaha with her and her assistant. I guess they could see that I was ready for a fight. I didn’t want to and definitely wasn’t looking forward to it, but was going to do it if I had to.

You see, I’ve never been an instigator. I don’t start anything, but I will finish something. I’m like a cornered cat. In fact, I am a big cat- I’m a Leo. And you know how a cornered cat comes out clawing & aiming for the jugular. I didn’t want to go for the jugular, but I would have if necessary. Thank goodness it didn’t come to that because I’m changing. Slowly, but surely, I am changing. I know how to handle things next time. Next time I will simply reply, “Ok, I’ll do better” and leave it at that.

I consider this little “thing” as success and a failure. I consider it a success because, hopefully, this will make the Principal & her flunky stop effing with me. It’s a failure because I should have had better control of my emotions. You live and you learn. I can tell you that I definitely learn from this. I guess something good can come out of failure.

More B.ulls#$*!

This is funny because I am not even mad about it. The “it” being the Principal & her lackey. I’m not sure if I’ve written about it before, but the Principal of my work site is a little backstabby. She’ll smile in your face & then stick the knife in really good. It happened in the beginning of the year when I was dealing with the mom from hell. She most definitely did not have my back then, so I didn’t expect her to have it now.

So, this is what happened. I organized a field trip for 2nd-6th grade. It was quite unorganized. I lost one of the student’s trip slips, didn’t have all the money in. It was a big fat mess and it was my fault. I had a great time. It was nice. We went to a museum. The students were very excited & the parents had a good time. I even had a nap on the bus on the way home.

I get home, after my nap at home, and see a nasty e-mail from her and her assistant. The tone of the e-mail was pretty nasty. That’s the one thing I don’t like about the Principal. She doesn’t have the balls to directly confront anyone, so she will say it in a group e-mail or the faculty staff meetings.Not only that, but she will send one & her assistant will send one. Overkill. That is what they do. Not surprised or hurt by it, just mentioning it.

So, I thought about the e-mail for a minute, then replied. I accepted total responsibility for the field trip fiasco & questioned the policy that I was being chastised on. What was the policy? When was I notified of the policy? I have no problem following policy or protocol as long as I know about it. I will not knowingly break policy or protocol.

I’m waiting patiently for the staff meeting to bring this up. My title says teacher, not slave. Just because she is my boss, it doesn’t give her the right to treat me like I am less than her. The real problem is that she is getting reamed by her boss. She, of course, doesn’t have the strength to take it, so she figures she will take it out on her underlings. Well, today (or Friday for our staff meeting) is not the day to take frustrations out on underlings, especially not me!

I’ll let you know how things turn out on Friday. Bye for now!