Harshening Times

Well, as much as I’ve been looking forward to putting October and this quarter behind me, things are getting markedly darker.

First of all, I don’t know what’s up with the kids, but crazy stuff is going down. Kids are trashing rooms, breaking supplies, fighting, and cussing at me. Another kid I teach just got suspended today for telling me to get the f*** out of his face, all because I told him to hand over the MP3 player he was listening to in my class.

In general, the kids are testing. I don’t get what would possess a kid to blatantly break the rules in my face, and then flip out on me for doing my job by enforcing them. The tough thing is that in some cases, they seem to be trying their hardest to get kicked out of this school, but I’ve got to find ways to keep them from accomplishing that goal.

But I’m also feeling the crush from the other side too. My principal and my teammates are taking the kid gloves off and starting to call me out on the things I have been unable to do consistently. I’m being perceived as not being responsive to my professional obligations and support. Of course it’s true, but it’s not because I don’t care. I just don’t have the time or organizational habits in place, and there’s simply no quick fix to that. I’m bracing myself a pretty thorough beating between now and up through my upcoming formal observation.

In other news, my roommate today found out that he was surplussed by mistake, but that since his papers are signed with his next school, they had to find a new social studies teacher to take his place. His replacement: a surplussed teacher from some other school, who worked at Dunbar last year and intentionally didn’t return. Brilliant. Also, another surplussed TFA teacher from Dunbar has been reassigned as the new Latin teacher at a high school. The catch: she does not know Latin.

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