I once had a job where the executive was so busy that it was hard to catch her attention to ask permission to do things or to present new ideas. When she walked through I felt like I had a 15 sec time frame to grab her attention. As a result I would throw out a statement that gave the most impact first then back track. Unfortunately her personality was too strong and she considered this too strong of an approach for me to take. If I soft peddled then I lost my opportunity. Fast forward to my current job.... Educators are just plain busy. Sometimes I find myself heading back to that same style of just being flat out blunt to save time. Unfortunately I have new teachers and they don't know me well enough for that. Yikes, I can't seem to shut my big mouth. I say what I think. I have told the new teacher a few times that I go home and go "duh, I should be less opinionated." I tell her that I don't mean harm by it, I'm just presenting another opinion, additional feedback, etc but want to check and see if she is okay with it. So far she says she is fine and she laughs when I say it. I'm hoping that is a good sign. Let me see, what did I say today? "One kid in your class is bored (her earlier observation), she needs to be switched to the high class." "But I don't want all low kids. It's not fair to me." "It's not fair to HER." "Yes, I understand.....but it isn't fair to me." "It's not fair to HER." "I want a mixed class." "That's ideal but you don't have a mixed class. You only have her and it is not fair to HER. It's up to you though." I thought (duh, shut my mouth.) Apparently she listened though because she brought it up to the team teacher. Yesterday they went to a meeting where I was praised for my work with a student last year. She has new demands this year. The teachers were lamenting about how they were doing and that the new standards were impossible. CUTNGLUE. SHUT UP. I said, "actually, you aren't doing xyz enough. Here are some ways you can add more...." Today, the new teacher starts a sentence on the board with the word "Because...." I'm trying to teach the kids that because goes inside the sentence. I said, "sentences never start with because." Then I immediately said, "Oops, that was mean of me. Sorry." Please tell me someone else has a big mouth. I want to hear someone else's big mouth stories. If you have a cure, send it my way.