Friday, August 22, 2014

School has started

Wow, crazy start to the school year this year and one to remember!  We hired three new teachers again this year and one quit on us on Monday.  He came to work and I guess with all the things going on, couldn't take the insanity!  I'm not sure I could blame him.  Found out that he had actually quilt once before, a week earlier and then decided he wanted back, so it wasn't a surprise for others.  He had been a private school teacher, got a different job offer closer to home, took that one and then decided he didn't want that one either.

You see, last year at the end of the school year, one of the teachers asked at a whole school meeting if we were all getting new computers this year.  The principal said that we weren't.  Well, it turns out that we are all getting new computers.  Somehow one teacher had heard the news even before the principal and let the cat out of the bag.

But, the teachers weren't told.  So, they started switching out the computers over the summer, but they didn't tell anyone.  Now, imagine if someone were to give you a brand new computer.  Great right?  But imagine if they just came into your house in the middle of the night and took your old computer and put in a new computer, but didn't hook it up correctly and didn't take all of your stuff off your old computer.  Not so great.  And, now imagine that you have a presentation to the most important client of your life and you don't get a computer at all.  Yep, that's me.  There were only 6 computers delivered to our building and we have 8 rooms.  They went in random order and my room wasn't picked for a new computer.  Sounds great right?  Yes, except for whatever reason, my computer decides to have the blue screen of death and dumps everything so now I don't have any computer.  We use computers for taking attendance and printing out lesson plans and assignments and pretty much everything teaching related.  Plus, they changed out all of our internet access and printing access and nobody can access the printers with the new computers.  The new computers can't talk to the old printers.  So, normally the first two days before students come are spent planning what we are going to teach.

We spent the first two days trying to get our computers working.  The stress level was really high.  I guess one of the new guys couldn't take it and just quilt.

Well, that left everyone in a bind and the administrators couldn't hire someone the day before school so they asked if some of us would take on an extra class.  That means no prep period.  At first it was going to be just a temporary thing.  Now it may be for the whole year.

In theory it sounds easy.  What's one extra hour of work a day?  After two days of actually doing it and not being able to sit down for 7 hours straight (including lunch because that is when you actually prep for the next round of classes) I can honestly say I have never been so tired.  And today is only the 3rd day of school.

I'm hoping that my body just gets used to it.

And I will have to do more work from home, which means less quilting time.  Good thing I got a lot done this summer.


Janet Fawcett said...

wow, so much for the district putting the kids first, over work the teachers, crappy tech help, then they will say it not the districts fault when the test scores aren't as good!

Farm Quilter said...

Yep, Janet is right - they will blame the teachers, kids and parents...maybe even the wind before they will admit they blew it! Guess that's just one more reason I am retired from teaching! I certainly hope they find a teacher to replace the idiot who quit...a whole year with no prep period, nice for the paycheck, lousy for your body and mind!! My stepdaughter got a teaching position in October, so maybe it won't be for the whole year!!