Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Logic Defied...continued

To expand further on yesterday's post...School #4, that would be the school that I do not want to return to next year, informed me that I no longer have a room to work in. That's right, no place for my Federally mandated services to be provided. While school #2, that would be the school that my idiot boss took away from me, has a room for me to work in that contains a desk, phone, and internet access. Go figure...

I am trying to figure out how best to present my case to my bosses boss during our meeting on Friday. You can be sure that I will mention that I have no place in which to provide therapy at school #4...that should be enough to sway her...shouldn't it?


Michele said...

Oh dear, what a dilemna... if only you knew what they were up to you could've said that you liked school #4 the second best and had them take that one away instead... yikes. If I wasn't so tired right now I'm sure I would come up with a better decision than a dozen cans of silly string and 4 rolls of duct tape at Friday's meeting...hmmm... I better let your other readers chip in this time... have a good evening Lynn!

Patti said...

It should be enough to sway her, but she doesn't sound reasonable.

Joan said...

Can't wait to hear what your boss' swayability index is.

meno said...

Logically, yes. But will there be logic?

patches said...

School system = bureaucracy = logic abandoned at all cost..

You have an excellent point, in my opinion, a non-negotiable point. But I am not an administrator. Be sure to emphasize the point that your are best able to achieve, hell, surpass the performance your superiors expect of you, when you are provided minimal accommodations (A room with a desk, a phone and internet access). Make sure your superiors understand it is in the best interest of the students.

Lynn said...

Michele - Silly string and duct tape may be my only recourse...they'd probably send me out on 'stress leave' if I showed up with that stuff...then I wouldn't have to worry about which schools I am assigned to.

Patti - I fear that you are correct...I am praying that she will be reasonable.

Joan - I will try to be as persuasive as possible...then if that doesn't work, maybe I'll just start crying.

Meno - There certainly wasn't any logic used up to now, so it can only get better from here...I hope.

Patches - You are definitely one smart must have been an administrator is a past life, because your point about coming from the place of 'the best interest of the students' is genius...pure genius, and may just be the key to success.

Marsha said...

What about choice # 1? Or is that out of the question? The military has similar bureaucratic chaos, like giving you choices and then not really paying attention to what you want.

*my word verification is lynnryry

Renee said...

It does sound like that oxymoron of "Military Intelligence"

I tried to comment last night but my computer wouldn't allow any "pop-ups" last night.

I agree that you should remind them that they need to consider what is in the best interest of the students.

Hoping for the best.

ARM said...

Maybe you can just ask her why she took away school 2 and then explain that school 4 can't even accommodate you.

Since I don't know how your boss reacts to straightforward discussions, I'm not sure if that will work or not. Some are really open to it while other have control issues and hate it.

Either way, I hope it goes well on Friday and I'll be thinking of you!

sari said...

This is why I stopped "requesting" teachers at my son's school. What you request and what you actually receive never seem to quite match up.

I hope this works out for you!

Ralph said...

You'd think that logic enters into most decisions, but that's not the case. I would think that a room could be had at school no. 4, indeed a room is probably ready, but the administrator, probably with many degrees, hasn't walked th halls most of the current school year...Book smart with absolutely no sense.

Lynn said...

Marsha - I actually was able to keep school's #1,3,3a,4,4a,4b. Keeping this configuration of schools are guaranteed to have me starting out the school year with at least 30 students more than I can handle. Whereas 1,2,3,3a had me starting with only 10 extra students.

Renee - You can be sure that is exactly what I will do tomorrow.

Arm - That's just what I will do. Unfortunately the bosses boss is known to get 'pissy' if she even 'thinks' that she is being criticized. So who knows what will happen. I will just have to breathe in and out and hope that I am able to maintain a calm, controlled demeanor...that is until I get frustrated and start crying.

Sari - I also don't usually request teachers for my kids, because I figure that I will be picking a teacher that is the best match for me, not necessarily for my kids. So far it has sort of worked out. I have a lot of senority in the district, and by virtue of the contract, should be able to get the schools that I want. My assignment should not be based on someone's whim. I hope it works out for me too.

Ralph - I personally have walked every corridor and opened every door and looked at each and every nook and crannie (including behind the stage) during the 7 years that I have been at school #4. I know exactly what rooms are there, and which rooms would be appropriate for me to provide therapy in. Everytime I find one of those 'unused, full of junk' rooms, and clean it up to use, they decide to take it away from me. If the principal wants to pay me to declutter her school...well that would be an altogether different fee. I am just so sick and tired of wasting valuable therapy time looking for a room to work in. The principal of school #4 has a master's degree in the same field as I would think that she would treat me like the professional that I am.

Bruce Soy said...

This is mighty complex. I do like Patches' advice as she is one smart kitty. Logic isn't always on the plate now is it? Good lucky Friday.