Organizationally Challenged

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    I was so annoyed yesterday. This year has been going along really well. A lot of changes to adjust to, both in teaching another grade and in our school in general. We've had various people come to do walk-throughs, which I think is great. I love feedback.

    This week one of our reading specialists for the district came through. I was called in for a meeting because she didn't like what she saw in my room. What horrible thing did she notice when she was there....the table I was using for small group looked messy. :mad:. We have a directive now to have our rooms organized and tables clear at all times.

    Now I will be the first person to tell you I am not an organized person. Or should I say, I don't appear organized. I can put my hands on something when I need it, I know where everything is. I have 23 students in a small area-no real storage. I'm not the type to pass out worksheets to the kids so I can file papers-I tidy up when I can during the week. So I typically work 10 1/2 hour days, facilitate for student groups after school unpaid, put in time on committees after school unpaid. Come in early on a daily basis-actually take my kids 1/2 an hour before our official starting time. I spend a lot of time at home working really hard to have quality activities for my kiddos who by the way have been scoring really well on our common assessments-but none of that apparently means anything if my table (which incidently is also my desk) is not completely cleared off. Ugh! I will attempt to do it--I just think the priorities are a little out of whack on this one. That's your concern as a curriculum specialist and not, I don't know...the teaching going on the rooms! :confused:
     
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    I have 23 students in a small area-no real storage. I'm not the type to pass out worksheets to the kids so I can file papers-I tidy up when I can during the week. So I typically work 10 1/2 hour days, facilitate for student groups after school unpaid, put in time on committees after school unpaid. Come in early on a daily basis-actually take my kids 1/2 an hour before our official starting time. I spend a lot of time at home working really hard to have quality activities for my kiddos who by the way have been scoring really well on our common assessments-but none of that apparently means anything if my table (which incidently is also my desk) is not completely cleared off. Ugh! I will attempt to do it--I just think the priorities are a little out of whack on this one. That's your concern as a curriculum specialist and not, I don't know...the teaching going on the rooms!

    The next time you are criticized like that...this is exactly what you tell them!
     
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    I can admit, I've taught small groups on the floor many times because I couldn't "find" my table!

    My goal for this year is I can't leave in the afternoon until it is cleared off. But after reading groups, math groups, writing groups... it looks like a tornado hit it!
     
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    Wow,
    I'm surprised you still have a job. don't forget,if this reading specialist doesn't find something to criticize,they will realize her job and huge salary are really unnecessary.
    I would suggest you try to keep the table clean,since she will probably be back to prove she is necessary and forget about it.
     
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    Oh don't worry. It's completely cleared off. I was so annoyed at being admonished for it that I really wanted to wait until she came back and just throw everything on the floor :whistle: but of course, I do like being employed.

    It just irks me that people who aren't in the trenches are worried about the wrong things but you're right Yank-if they walked in and said everything's great-what is their job? I organized everything and told my kids we need to keep it this way-the workstation materials-watch what they just place on my table because Ms. Smith was not happy with the way the room looked. So when she came in today the kids all pointed to that area and said "look--it's clean".

    The first thing our custodian did was look around and ask where it all went-I told her not to look in the closet. :whistle:
     
  7. Momma C

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    Yea, my principal told me the same thing the other day. My room is really small, and I have 15 years worth of stuff. And to make things worse, as soon as I do get things "straightened up," here comes someone bringing me a bunch of other stuff (usually the principal). I finally got a couple of paper boxes w/lids, and now I just put it all in the boxes until I have a few minutes-----but my desk and tables are clear :lol:
     
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    I've always been organizationally challenged. My desk looked like a tornada hit it. Then I got baskets, lovely baskets. One for stuff I'm using today, one for supplies, one for things I'll be using in the next week, one for reading groups, one for notes to go home, one for science, one for ongoing projects, you get the idea.
    I just got a compliment from a coworker on how nice my desk looks this year.
    I keep the reading table basket on the reading table. Everyone thinks I've become organized. Ha!
    I just bought baskets.
     
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    Thank God my P is not concerned with that! Yikes, she came in (to evaluate me unannounced and unofficially) about two weeks ago, sat down behind my desk and just plopped down her notes on top of my piles- not at all concerned thankfully! Whew- I was a tad bit mortified at my mess though- I had just stored a whole pile or who knows what beside the desk in the back out of sight of the kids lol- whew, at least she did not care. This weekend, I finally took it all home to organize and sort.
    What a bother- I cannot believe she decided to pick that to fight about. ugh- whew, totally makes me value my P more- she sees beyond the piles...
     
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    That kind of stuff makes me so mad! They are READING specialists therefore should only be concerned with READING. Your organizational abilities (or lack of) are frankly none of her business.

    A few years ago a Reading Specialist of ours (who really wasn't because she was not highly qualified but kept her position anyway as they just labeled her differently!) tried to tell a bunch of us HOW to teach, HOW to plan, and HOW to manage our classrooms. Um, sorry, you are NOT our mentor nor did I ask for help in those areas.
     
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    Wow! That's amazing. I can't believe it happened.

    As a reading specialist, I would never say that about a school in general. Blech. In order for her to truly do her job, she needs to be supportive and helpful, not critical. I'm so sorry that happened.
     
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    Of all things to be concerned about! Walking into my new classroom this past week all I saw was paper everywhere. There had been a sub in the room for 3 weeks and the piles were waiting for the new teacher :) Lucky me.
    I can not believe with all the other issues going on in our classrooms - papers is what they are concerned about!
     

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