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To all who cheered me on, provided moral support, and reassured me through
your own experiences and "standard paractices" , I extend my heartfelt
thanks. I am a strong teacher, but I really dread ugly confrontations..they
are so difficult to handle with grace. It is something I've dealt with a long
time but is never easy or comfortable for me.
Just to let you know, I considered your responses and decided it was in my
best interest to give my principal a "heads up" about the problem. I wrote
her a memo outlining the criticisms of Mr. Mat and my plan for addressing
them, and explained my understanding of our current " standard practices"
that she and I have arrived at ovewr the last 6 years- this will be my
7th......and asked her that if she feel I need to "rethink" anything to
please let me know because I wanted to be a team player and that if it came
to her attention from him I may need her support.
Not tattling, not asking her to intervene, just letting her know, so should
he attempt to "report" me to her it is no surprise. She has expressed
appreciation for my consideration of the fact that her time is at a premium
by giving her memos about such matters in the past and generally operates
under a, I'll leave you alone unless there's a problem philosophy. I think
this should set me up for a smoother start up. Who knows, if Mr. Mat pushes
the issue as he claims he will, he may insult her judgment of her staff to
such an extent he pushed himself out of a job....more will be
revealed......In the meanwhile, thanks again all.
Now I've got to find the motivation to tackle those lesson plans !It all
feels so overwhelming ! .....this too shall pass.....
Christine in Binghamton
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