Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The Weave must be bored. Cuz she's on the warpath. She wrote up one of my colleagues for her boy's behavior in the bathroom. Seriously, a TEACHER is in trouble because of how little boys behave in the bathroom at the other end of the hallway. Yea, it's that logical. And everyone knows little boys go down there to pee on the walls..or at least that what it smells like what they're doing in there. The pee smell really rolls down the hall now that the heat is on and it's nice and steamy.

I wonder what she thinks we can do about little boys in the bathroom. Go in there? Uh, NO. The Weave told my colleague to send them in pairs. She did. Then the Weave said send them alone. She did. Then, the Weave said call an upper grade teacher and disrupt their learning so they can come downstairs and escort your child to the bathroom. She did. Then, in a final stroke of genius, The Weave told her to stand in the hallway and wait to flag down another adult who might happen by...she did.

Until today, when The Weave happened to be the adult that happened by. And she flat out refused to take the little boy to the bathroom because it was not in her job description. Even thought my colleague was doing what she was told and the little boy in question was clearly doing the pee-pee dance. (In my experience, if they are already doing The Dance, you only have a few seconds before it's time to call home for a new pair of pants...)

At this point, I'm not sure how my colleague refrained from punching her in the face, because I don't think I possess that type of restraint.

And just like that, my colleague got a disciplinary letter in her file.

RECESS UPDATE:
I refused to send my kids with books. I mean, come on...reading as punishment?? Instead they all wrote one or two poor choices they had been making at recess lately, and then brainstormed ways to avoid those choices in the future. I brought them down to the recess aides in a lovely little pile and said, "consider my kids punished. Let them play." I guess they were so frustrated with trying to get the other kids to sit and read (duh), that they let mine go. Hallelujah, right?

14 comments:

jewelz916 said...

Are you, by any chance, in a Right-to-Work state, as opposed to a Unionized State?
Reason I'm asking is because it sounds like your staff could have a LOAD of grievances against administration.
I feel for you!

Karen said...

Right To Work state doesn't mean they don't have a union - just that they can't strike. I'm in a Right To Work state and we have a Union and can grieve.

That said...what did the colleague who got written up actually do when the principal said she wouldn't take the kid to the bathroom? What was she actually written up for?

Middle Aged Woman said...

Recess Update: Imagine that...a consequence that actually related to the offense (such as it was). Good for you. And the kiddoes.

jerel said...

I was going to say last time that your recess aides must be nuts to have a punishment that doesn't fit the (supposed) crime. But then I read today about The Weave, and it suddenly all became clear. It's Monkey See, Monkey Do

ChiTown Girl said...

The Weave needs to be bitch-slapped big time!!! And, I'm glad the recess aides "gave up" and let your kids play. The whole situation was ridiculous to begin with anyway!!

LaughterHappens said...

Dude....

Señorita in the City said...

Ugh, we were told at a meeting that we are responsible for knowing whether or not our students are cutting. Hello? Do they expect me to hunt down one or two students who may or may not be cutting my class while I'm teaching said class?

It's all bizarre.

J said...

dude! what an utterly ridiculous situation! how in the world is this woman A)employed and B)in charge of anyone?!

you handled the recess thing beautifully, thanks for the good ideas. :)

funky punk said...

Hi Mimi,
My friend introduced me to your blog & I love the light-hearted satire that I feel myself being a 1st-2nd grade teacher. This is my 6th year in "bush" Alaska.

That was a happy turn of events with the recess. Your intervention is so much more useful & fitting than the reading punishment. When I read the 1st blog, I thought to myself that I would send them without books. Glad things ended up working out somewhat & your students got blow off some of the lunch energy. ~Carey

hudd said...

I love your blog by the way! I have often wondered why bathroom time is always such a debacle with little kids?

Earl and Vickie said...

Being male, I sometimes have had to enter the boy's bathroom to supervise, I once caught two little boys having a contest to see who could "shoot" the farthest.... What made it hysterical (remember, I'm a boy at heart) was that another kid walked between them and the urinals while this was going on....
I would never in my right mind go into the girls bathroom, but it doesn't stop me from threatening to do so. That usually works.

Your co-worker should document all of the instructions she has received from the boss regarding the bathroom, then talk to the union. If she isn't a member she needs to join. Everyone in the school should be a member of the union at a school with this type of idiot for a principal.

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Where are you?? I miss your blog!!

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