Here's the update on my inservice days. 2 down, 2 to go. This does not count the meetings we will have Mon. and Tues. because of the 2 hour early dismissal we will have.
Tuesday, we DID get fed- food service pastry and floppy fruit. We DID get introduced to new staff, three of whom got nicknames from me because I can't remember their names. (2 in Social Studies- one we shall call Smush-Face and the other Porn Star, because he's got this whole feathered blonde hair, sunglasses and gum-chewing thing going on. The other doesn't really have a nickname per se, but she will forever be thought of as "the one who needs to deep-condition".) I know, I am extremely shallow and I'll spend time in hell for it. I'm sure they are very nice people and when I get to know them, I will feel bad.
Let's see, on Tues. we were also reminded of past policies by Mr. Dean- his position, not his name. He did so in a condescending, "I- think- you're- all- idiots" manner, which goes over sooo well. He sent us all an email stating everything he had just spewed at our meeting. He should get a different job- like with the Department of Redundancy Department. One good thing - we were released by 9:30. The afternoon was a 3 hour workshop/seminar/torture session on "cultural proficiency". Usually at the beginning of the year it's nice to get excited about what you're doing, get pumped up for the new year. This? I left with a feeling of "I suck. Everything I do sucks. There's no hope." We saw several video clips of workshops by Jane Elliot which were interesting, but I'm not quite sure I "get" the relevance anymore.
Today, we got to meet our new superintendent. He was quite nice and quite charming. I'm sure he's re-thinking his decision to be here after he got pounded with "questions" from the teachers in our session. I almost felt sorry for him- he didn't come to talk about class size, the mangling of our World Language program, textbooks... But. He makes like $150 K plus some nice benefits. And? He's actually retired from a neighboring state, so he's "double-dipping". Our last superintendent retired from our district and then moved to a neighboring state to do the exact same thing. Cha-ching.
And all the while, I could have been doing something productive- which I did get a chance to do in the afternoon.
On a different note, there have been a couple of things lately that I do not "get". One is the movie The Aristocrats. I really wanted to like this movie- great, intelligent, funny stars are in it. It's a documentary. I just did not think it was funny. I found it disturbing to hear such filth and foul come out of the mouths of entertainers that I usually enjoy. The creepiest was Bob Saget- the Olsen twins' onscreen dad for so many years. Eww. Anyone see this film? Anyone like it?
The other thing I do not "get" is why this book is a favorite of anyone. I found it to be pretentious and self-indulgent on the part of the author. I thought the main character was repugnant and if this quote refers to Ignatious, I would have to boldly disagree and say that the "Jones" character was the true genious. And Pulitzer-worthy? I don't know. This book, yes, definitely. Anyone else read A Confederacy of Dunces?
As you can see, all these recent, forced hours of silence have rendered me quite wordy in Blogland. Stay tuned.