Thursday, April 23, 2009

If I Go Missing....

April 23, 2009

I got to work today, and discovered that most of us are getting pretty significant schedule changes in our class line-ups next year. For me, that probably means losing a World Literature class and picking up another AP class. The thing is, the AP classes write about triple the amount the regular senior classes do (and ALL of them turn in everything, so I can't even count on lessening my reading due to apathy), so I'm afraid I'm going to be buried next year. I have a tough enough time getting through all the AP essays with just one class and giving them all the adequate feedback and input they need to be prepared for the exam. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE my AP class. I'm just afraid I will love another one a little bit less.

The most annoying thing about it all is that admin. asked us all for our requests for schedule for next year, then essentially threw them out the window. I know how hard it is to make a schedule; I was dept. chair for twelve years. But so far, I don't know of anyone whose request has been honored. Fine, but then don't ask like it matters, if it doesn't. The guy whose AP class I'm picking up specifically asked NOT to have to give up his class, and I specifically asked to keep just the one that I currently teach. Since I already have three different classes that I teach, trying to also keep up with the additional paperwork load of double the amount of AP students might just send me over the edge.

If I go missing next school year, try looking under the mountain of papers in my classroom...


  1. And hey, if you wanted to go missing, you'd have the perfect out. LOL!

  2. There's a silver lining to everything! : )

  3. That sucks.

    I remember the work load taking AP history and english. I can't imagine being on the receiving end of that much paper.

    Good luck.

  4. Hey! First timer here and i notice you are a teacher-wahoo for teachers! (used to be one myself)

    Admin., most places, just flat out sucks. That's what takes all of the fun out of teaching, unfortunately. Hope things get straightened out! Are you on the countdown until summer or WHAT?!!!!

  5. I would read My Lobotomy it's a pretty simple read and can be inspiring .... just my personal opinion.

  6. K--I signed on for the first AP class, knowing that I could handle one. But two? I just don't know.

    Anniebanannie--So glad you stopped by, too. I really try not to foster an 'us vs. them' attitude with admin, but it's true that sometimes they make it tough. And yes, I'm absolutely on the countdown--woohoo for summer!

    Howard D--Thanks for the recommendation. I'm really looking forward to reading that one.

  7. Me, too. Fortunately, our administrators asked if there was anyone we just did NOT wish to work with. Thankfully, I got my wish. I'll be going from covering EBD kids across three grades to being assigned to one house!! Yea for me! Maybe I'll have some extra time to help you :)

  8. Mrs4444--Luckily, my administrators know that sophomores are not my thing. I always tell my freshmen that I don't believe in sophomores. Sophomorism is a disease, but luckily it only lasts a year, and then they get better again. I'm pretty sure my admin. knows everyone is better served if I stick with the babies and the big kids and let someone else rattle their cages in the middle high school years--ha ha!