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And since you asked, I came across Hubski while searching for the Higgs-Boson.
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- outside of it I'm still a work in progress
Ideally seeing yourself as a work in progress aligns you with others who are aware that, like everyone else, they are learning to live in the ever-changing world.
- There's more to the story,
20 is oh boy, I'm 20
30 is oh fuck, better get on it...where's that list of things I wanted to do before I turned 30
40 is dig in and get on with it whatever it is
50 is like OH FUCK, how'd that happen? am I okay? Have I done anything?
60 is mellow -- even when one's personal world blows up ...mellow, chill
I thought you might disagree because it would be awkward to go to someone in a superior position who treated you badly and say, "I've been thinking about what you said, and ..."
I also thought that since whatever you said was soooo much a non-issue, apologizing would seem ridiculous. Anyway, I'm glad it all ended well.
- Well, I went ahead and talked to principals in two other schools in the area. After meeting with them and some teachers, they were really into it and agreed to ask students in their extended (AP) courses.
- Like all professional adults, she fucked off.
- But all of it could have been averted if only the mentioned principal would give me enough benefit of the doubt to actually let me explain it and talk it out like adults.
You are absolutely right about that. We should all give people the benefit of the doubt and try to understand a situation before taking action against them.
Principals are terrified of parents. Keep in mind that you still have not talked directly to the principal and don't really know what happened. You still have the option of behaving with integrity and trying to clarify any misunderstanding.
1. Letting the principal know how you felt after talking to her.
2. Telling her what you heard and asking for clarification because
- But one of the teachers told me why she thinks I'm no longer welcome.
3. Showing understanding for her concerns (if the teacher was right). Showing understanding that she is responsible for student well-being.
4. Showing your commitment to teaching, math, kids etc. by telling her that you needed clarification and you are seeking mentoring with regard to anything you do.
5. Hoping you hadn't caused any harm, and apologizing for whatever problem you might have caused.
Just because the principal is not taking you seriously, you can be serious with this false or unnecessary accusation and apologize and more importantly, point the way --
- But that's not really a lesson for me: I know that most of the "adult and professional because of age" people are full of shit and more childish than I ever was.
Model appropriate behaviour by facing the problem calmly and asking for clarification and mentoring.
It's in your best interest to get this false or misguided or bullshit accusation cleared up with the principal and by all your actions, you've demonstrated that you are a serious teacher.
Rather than writing them off as being full of shit, give them a chance to work it out with you.
- this situation bummed me out
keifermiller suggested something about inane office politics. I suspect that there is something that you don't know. That something might have nothing to do with you. Probably some parent phoned the principal complaining about something.
Did the principal attend any of the classes ever?
- Suffice to say that I got my past physics teacher to utter the highest compliment I've ever heard from him ("You did a good job", the guy is almost impossible to impress and it showed on our grades.
It sounds like your past physics teacher attended one of your classes and thought you did good. He sounds like not the warmest guy - but I'd strongly consider asking him. There are various ways to approach him, including saying that you very much enjoyed giving the short lessons and would like some mentoring on how to do it better. Share the good feedback from the students, but say you wish you knew why you were asked not to come back.
Also, who is the teacher in charge of the Math and Physics Club. Who did you work with scheduling your short lessons - the principal or someone else?
In conclusion: there is something you don't know. You may never know it -- but I hope you continue your enthusiasm for teaching. It might be a calling. Don't let the bastards grind you down.