My principal ticked me off this morning.
Now, I know there’s a few teachers out there who read my blog, and you’ll all be shocked. Honestly, I have only had amazing experiences at this school and with the principal but I REALLY feel like the whole teacher on medical leave thing has been taken a bit lightly. I think perhaps because I have a job where it is entirely one on one I am so able to communicate things and let them know what’s happening that I forget that they have a whole school to run…. that life isn’t really all about one on one interaction.
Our teacher is out on medical leave (a pretty serious one, not anything fancy like having a baby). I only found-out on the gossip line, but no one said anything to the parents until we got a note on the first day. I’m worried how the transition will be handled when the new teacher comes back. I talked with the sub (whom I love, but I’m trying not to become too attached to — because come the 8th, she’s gone) and she said she was going to try and contact the teacher to see about it. I asked the principal and I felt like I kind of got the brush-off, like it wasn’t important.
So, I texted Lara — as I always do — to tell her to get on chat, that I needed a cooling off period. And she gave me that. She reminded me to focus on Spencer. Truth is, Spencer will care less when the new teacher comes… he’ll be fine. I know there are kids who won’t be quite as fine, but really it won’t be that big of a jump — give them a few days and they’ll be along like the rest of them.
Most likely, it all boils down to the fact that I’m not in the class I really wanted, and I feel like sometimes people keep secrets to keep themselves from getting flack and I’m in an indsutry where that doesn’t fly. I am also a person where that doesn’t fly.
So, I wrote the principal a note. Just saying that I didn’t feel like my concern was validated and that’s that. I have to let it go and focus on Spencer. For instance, he is finding a lot of joy in wrestling with Conner lately. That needs to stop. I will make a list of things to fix in him, rather than things I can’t control (as if I can control my 5 year old).
But, back to me — wouldn’t you be bugged by it? I really wish the teacher could come and spend an hour with the kids sometime next week, just so they have an idea of what an amazing year they’re going to have.
I just want everything to be perfect. Is that so wrong?