Yesterday, first period, upon completing a great reading lesson using a story in the--gasp!--anthology, I said, Okay, we'll finish this up tomorrow!
"We won't be here!" they all piped up.
"And why not?" I demanded.
"We're going on a field trip!" they cried.
I just shook my head. "When I was I going to be told about this?" I muttered to myself.
Fast forward to 10.00am. I had just given the students a fun crossword to practice different word forms.
Announcement: "Pardon this announcement. Grade teachers, please be advised that there will be an assembly starting at 10.10. Please bring your classes down at that time."
"Okay, guys, so I guess you've only got ten minutes to work on it, do what you can..."
Seriously, what the f%$#? If anyone has a question about the level of respect given to teachers today, or lack thereof, direct them here.
This kind of thing is just plain old rude. The administration clearly has zero respect for anyone else in the building--not teachers, not students, either. I feel like they're saying to me, "Eff you. We don't care about you or the fact that you're actually doing your job. Do whatever random shit we throw at you, because actually teaching and setting good examples for the children is at the end of the priority list."
It is absolutely ridiculous and it is EXACTLY why I'm leaving my school and the NYC public school system. Eff you right back, I say. I don't have to take this nonsense!