Wednesday, September 05, 2007

First Week of School

Yesterday was the first day of school, and it was successful in that no one pulled the fire alarm. But the new $60 million computer program called Impact that was supposed to make attendance a breeze was locked up all day long. I actually had to spend two hours being "trained" on Impact in July. I say "trained," because the program was down then and so we had to just watch a demo of the program. Awesome. I still have not been paid for the two hours I wasted on that.

I have the world's worst schedule. I truly hate it. I am teaching four different classes in three different classrooms. I've taught juniors the last two years, including the honors sections. But another teacher, who is pregnant this year, stole my schedule. She has totally screwed me over. I had to share a classroom with her my first year, and I hated every minute of it. She is quite unpleasant and annoying. So now she has my old schedule (which she bragged about stealing) AND she is in my lunch period.

I teach freshman English 5th period, freshman reading 6th period (same classroom on the 3rd floor), junior English 7th period (second floor in a computer lab so the kids all sit at computers and I can't see their faces. And the chairs have wheels, so it's a total nightmare). Then I finally get lunch, but it's with my nemesis. Then 9th period is sophomore English in a different 3rd floor classroom. Finally the day ends with 10th period freshman English. Which is an inclusion class. Awesome! I'm all for inclusion classes, in theory at least, but that's no way to end the day.

And it is so freaking hot! Why why why can't we have air conditioning???

My schedule should change, and if it doesn't, I can file a grievance with the union. Contractually we are not supposed to teach more than two different classes. It shouldn't come to that, but I'm glad I have that as a worst case scenario.

But until Impact is working well ($60 MILLION!), they can't do anything.

So I'm miserable and feeling sorry for myself. At least my kids seem pretty good so far. And I have seen several of my kids from last year, which is really fun. I've gotten lots of hugs. Although I have forgotten many of their names, which makes me feel really bad.

On that note, I'm going to do some reading (I should probably read the first novel the freshmen are reading). Things can't get any worse, right?


Butternugget said...

But if she is pregnant doesn't that mean it is only a matter of time before you can steal back?

AMY said...

She is only taking seven weeks off, so she'll be back before the year is over. So I won't get to steal anything back from her. She is so annoying I can't stand it!