Tuesday, November 09, 2010

God give me grace...

It's parent-teacher conference week at my school, and I, as the music specialist, of course have not a soul lined up to talk to me. Which I expected, and am honestly fine with, considering I have quite a bit to clean up and figure out for my curriculum and such anyway. Extra time is always welcomed. But, you always get the random pop-in parents who deign to say hello while waiting for their main appointment with the "real" teacher. These can be nice, but usually they're more annoying. People really need to think about what they say before they say it.

For example:

(background info...there is another elementary teacher in my district that splits teaching the Kindergarten classes with me...not an ideal situation, but he is a good teacher, and that's just the way the schedule crumbled for this year. He gets them once a week, and so do I, leaving lots of room for holes in curriculum to not be covered unless we are in constant communication. We (I, by bugging my principal) are working on changing it for next year.)

A parent was waiting for the teacher across the hall from me, saw me in my room, and pops her head in, smiling. I greet her, and she cuts me off saying, "You know, my son, Stephen, in Kindergarten? He talks about music all the time...I have to say, he likes Mr. W. better though. Hahaha!"

Now. What would you say to that? I could tell you what I wanted to say...but I'm sure you could imagine all sorts of things, so I'll leave you to that. I said, "Oh? well, that's nice. I'm glad he enjoys Mr. W.'s class so much. You know, it's difficult splitting the classes, as we don't want to create competition between teachers in the students' minds. We both teach the same material, but in different ways. Hopefully next year, we can get the scheduling mix-up fixed."

I thought that was nice.

She backpedaled a bit by saying her older child, Michael, enjoys my class very much. And then left.

Thanks, lady.

I think God invented grace for people like that. Well, and for people like me as well, 'cause who can tell how often I say stupid things...but thank goodness I don't have to deal with clueless parents throughout the whole of these 3 hours I'm forced to sit here, pretending to be busy with conferences.

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