Catch-up wrote: I don't know if this is some sort of Scotty maneuver, where she makes everything sound impossible so that she looks like a hero when she manages it?
Teachers love to do that - I am one, and we love to complain about e.g. marking. But I do hate marking! Hope it gets sorted soon
And really, who doesn't love to do that?
However, when six years worth of staff have deemed it routine before you, then you look just a little bit silly when you attempt to make it out as something more. She comes off as overwhelmed at best, and inept at worst. Truly, I think she is just overwhelmed due to personal reasons, school system changes and perhaps just being burnt out and ready to retire. And let's be honest, I'm overwhelming.
Although, truly, I've tried to be diplomatic and patient (we're halfway through the school year now and still working on the same issues!!). If I think someone is evading a question or poo-pooing a concern, I react badly. I'm working on that, I really am. But the best I can usually manage is "intense".
Ghost wrote:I suggest another meeting except this time just with the headteacher providing printouts of emails and a request for this so called teacher to be retrained to the level where she can cope with the job at hand before she causes any more suffering to her students by her apparent inability cope with her workload
I've sort of done that, without actually coming out and doing that - if that makes sense. I haven't called her to the mat on any of this, but I've had conversations with the principal that make my point of view clear. I genuinely don't want to discount the work she is doing with Ava. She manages her workload a great deal. However, this week alone we've only gotten study guides two nights before the actual tests. One of those nights being used to find the answers, so the actual studying is only the night before and then, much to Ava's delight, squeezed in at breakfast. No one wants to prep for a test that way. So, obviously, she's still falling short in her management skills. And, despite our history together, still seems to think she can evade questions - as if that will turn out well.
Not much of a learning curve for a teacher.
By the way, have I said you guys are awesome? Thanks for letting me have my tantrums here.