Monday, February 09, 2009

Pretty Sneaky

You don't have to be a detective to solve a mystery. Just ask the right questions and keep your eyes open.

We were all wondering how the administration knew which teachers were late and which were on time. Many suspected cameras. Some suspected that their own AP was taking attendance. None of these premises are right. I figured it out today.

When we sat down at the plenary session, AP's walked around and collected our attendance sheets. People that walked in after the collection were handed the same attendance paper and told to fill it out and drop it in a box. Everyone did just that. No one suspected anything unusual was up. So now the administration new that everyone in the box was late and they were the ones who got the letters. Pretty sneaky!

I hope the administration can think up the same kind of devious methods and go to the same extremes to keep the kids in line.


CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Wow! Pretty sneaky! And I agree with you: I wish my admin would figure out some devious method to keep my students in line.

Anonymous said...

The problem with letters to file instead of a simple warning note is that now those involved, tardy though they may have been,may be also involved in, say, advising a club or two. Now, they may not do that club advising next year since the administration decided to show those errant teachers who's boss. Who had the creativity to think up such a clever scheme? Maybe they need to go to Washington DC and advise Congress on expediting that @####@%%$$&%^$#@!#%^& stimulus bill. Administration should do more muscle flexing with the kids and give us some creative solutions there.

Pissed Off said...

I agree--they should have been warning letters first.

People have been coming late for so many years without any repercussions, it has become the norm.

A warning letter would have been nicer and served the same purpose.

Administrators really have their own agendas and it is not that of the teacher.

Anonymous said...

You have a new Principal at your school and he is not going to let the old "status quo" be in place anymore. Lateness should not be tolerated by anyone in a school, when it is chronic and abused. The "norm" should be doing the right thing; coming in when you are supposed to, and doing your job when you are there. It is selfish to continually be late for your job. We don't like the kids to be late for class, so what is the message we are sending? What about personal responsibility?

Ms. Tsouris said...

People who WEREN'T late also got letters to their files claiming they were late. This is a crock!! Anon 8:07 AM, there weren't any kids in that day, it was the dog and pony show known as "staff development" where old wine goes into new bottles. Where is the "personal responsibility" on the part of the DOE bigwigs who replaced true education with test prep? Doing "the right thing" should be from the top down, not from the bottom up where ONLY teachers are accountable.

Pissed Off said...

I agree--poeple should be on time.

I don't think one letter will change anyones careerand no one shold be so upset about getting one.

I'm always on time so this is one area I don't have to worry about.

Anonymous said...

from what I understand they were NOT letters to file. They were simply letters reminding people of their professional responsibility of being on time to their JOB.

what always pisses me off is when I take the time to show up be on time and do what is right and I watch people walk in late, leave early and complete blow off what I have to do. they should be held accountable, if their colleagues are doing it... what makes them so special that they do whatever they want. That's what pisses me off!

17 (really 15) more years said...

Well, while we're on the subject- we are reprimanded repeatedly about our attendance, yet the same 10 people are constantly late, leave early for vacations, and essentially do what they want. Nothing pisses me off more than having to do a coverage for a colleague who stays home every time he or she has a hangnail. Yes, they get letters, yes, administration is on their backs, but basically, NOTHING is done.

Schoolgal said...

People who are late deserve to be put on the clock--and that is legal after receiving a warning letter and still not caring.