It's over

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It's over
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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 3:42pm
Today I was just informed that I can resign or be let go at the end of the year. Over the past 3 weeks I went from talking to my principal about what I would be doing next year to being fired. I am at a loss for words.
My admin filed a suit with the state labor board last year against my admin for bullying and intimidation tactics and I am the latest casuality. I can't even tell you what precipitated it. I had a philosophical difference of opinion with my principal and perhaps that was enough, but I was observed 3 times in 2 weeks by 3 different admins and all of a sudden I am the most imcompetent person on the planet. This is after 2 years of satisfactory observations. I can't even believe this. I talked to my union rep last week even though I know nothing can be done because I am not tenured and she told me this has happened several times before. I swear this administration is not human. They are like robots. Even before all this happened, my principal actually scheduled my first two observations this year as so: the first one the day my mother was having open heart surgery and the second one the day I got back from my FIL's funeral. Does this woman have a heart? Does she have to stick so rigidly to a schedule that she cannot take into account people's personal lives?
If you've read this far, thank you. I just had to vent where people would understand.
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Fri, 02-19-2010 - 11:17pm

My first year I taught under 2 terrible admins.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 8:23pm
Thanks everyone for your supportive words. I'm on mid-winter recess and off all this week. I really need the break. If I knew I had a job in Sept., this would be a lot easier to go through. The uncertainty is just so hard. Thanks to all of you for listening.
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Sun, 02-14-2010 - 9:03pm

You know I understand. To be told, no one is being let go and then 3 months later to be let go and then be told, oh its just budget cuts, if enrollment improves, we'll call you back. Um, yeah still waiting.

We are disrespected and treated like crap. Something needs to be done because its highly unfair and just plain old wrong. Even if you happen to be incompetent (and I do not believe this is so one bit) where is the mentoring, where is the help, where is the teaching of the teacher. We need help too. You throw us in the water and then tell us to swim and if we don't know how and drown, well we're the failure. No, any sane person knows that you must teach someone to swim in order for them not to drown. Sucks all to be dammned.

Just keep your head up and move on. Something else will eventually come through for you.

GT38

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 8:25pm

Wow!

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 5:46pm

In some small way, I feel your pain. I may be on my way out of my position but I have tenure and while I refuse to work for my current admin any longer, I plan to fight tooth and nail if I have to do so. She's bullied way too many teachers (and students) in our building for me not to be the one who steps up.

I hope you find something that works out for you. The right thing is out there waiting for you, I'm sure.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Registered: 03-24-2003
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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 10:59am

Feel free to vent and cry all you want. You can e-mail me too if you just want to talk. Click my bio info to get the address.


Neither of my daughters considered education because they knew what I'd experienced and how stressful it could be. My younger one is in pediatric dentistry and she sees a lot of the things that get to teachers too. She always has a parent story. This experience might change your daughter's perspective. Observations and practicum work can do that too.

Sherry

 

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 9:21pm

Thanks, Sherry. I really appreciate your support. Your sentiments capture exactly how I feel. It's so good to "talk" to someone who knows what this is like. My dd wants to teach elementary school (She's sophomore in college.)and I'm so cynical at this point after so many years in education that maybe this is not a great path for her. I hope, I'm wrong.

I hope things work out for you as well. It's harder when you're older, (I'll be 49 on Sunday.) to roll with the punches and believe everything will be ok. I hope your crossroads lead you to a good place. Thanks so much for your kind words. They really meant a lot to me.

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 6:29pm

I am so sorry, but I am not at all surprised. I've said many times that horrible administrators are what drove me back to school to get another degree. I had to know what in the world they were being taught that made them into the robots, brain-washed zombies, heartless cowards, and power hungry monsters.

Sherry