Oh, but he did.
Mr. Principal sent out a memo today about classroom management, telling everyone that we needed to step it up on our classroom management because the kids are too loud. They should come in and go directly to their assigned seats (which they don't really have since he decided to split the boy/girls up last week). They should immediately get out their materials and get to work (*keep this point in mind). They should raise their hands to speak. They should stay in their seats unless they have permission to be up. Blah blah blah. All stuff we know and try to do, except that he undermines what we're doing. For EXAMPLE:
In front of my class today, he came in and told them that their textbooks should be back on the shelves and that now is the time to take it easy. Why, he never taught in March, April, or May. Thus implying that neither should the teachers that work for him. Really.
And then he told them that they don't need to be able to read and write to go on to high school. They just need to sit quietly most of the time and do a few presentations to get by. And he suggested some projects that we could do where they would get 75% of their grade for dressing the part and 25% for content. Really. I'm afraid I can't make this stuff up.
So, they're supposed to come in and get their materials out and get to work, but they're supposed to be taking it easy? And the teachers are not supposed to be teaching? So...what exactly is supposed to be happening in the classroom for the next three months? And if there's no work to be done, why on earth should they obey and stay in their plastic, uncomfortable seats? And what exactly are they raising their hands for?
I'm baffled. I'm frustrated. But mostly I'm glad that I'm pregnant. April 20 (but really April 10) will not come soon enough. I feel sorry for whoever will be my substitute will be for those last 5 weeks.