Thursday, October 6, 2011
Ranting and Raving In the Faculty Room
At Landmark HS we are attempting to establish a "Flex Time" program that makes available additional support to students who are struggling in their classes. It didn't go very well today. It felt chaotic and I wondered as I wandered how much work was really getting done. Afterwards, I stepped into the faculty room and proclaimed, "Flex Time sucked today!" I then proceeded to complain about every aspect of the program that I observed. My ranting opened the door to several other comments, concerns, complaints, condemnations, and counter-points. It was immediately evident that I wasn't the only one frustrated today. One nearby teacher pointed out, "You've barely touched the tip of the iceberg." We had some good passionate exchanges and I took many mental notes of things that I need to return to with more in depth discussion. We needed some sweet high calorie stress-relief medication before going home to our families so we all had cheesecake.