Maybe it's because I come from a corporate environment where I worked for 15 years before deciding to teach. Or maybe it's because I'm pretty obsessively organized. Or maybe it's because I have high standards for myself (and others). Regardless, I've come to the realization that it's not the kids who are going to drive me crazy in this job...it's the teachers.
So today one of my 6th graders, who just spent three days with me in ISS and was released yesterday, shows up at my door.
"Miss Skinny said I need to get my work for her," she mumbles.
"The work you did in ISS?" I ask her, because with these kids you never know. Homework? Late work? Work that has been stuck in the depths of a binder since fourth grade?
"Hum...I think so," she responds. I tell her to go back to class and tell Miss Skinny that all her work has been completed and sent back to her. And, in order for her to get back into The Building, I have to send one of my "trustworthy" (this is ISS after all) students with the swipe card to let her in. (I don't have an aide in there all the time.)
She shows up a few minutes later, and we repeat the same scenario. Miss Skinny wants the work that 6th grader did in ISS. I again tell the kid to go back to class, I will email Miss Skinny and let her know that the work has been completed and turned in. I again have to have a student leave with the swipe card to let the 6th grader back into the building.
At this point, I'm annoyed. I have kids in there that need my help doing math and social studies, and I'm having to answer the door - twice - for a kid, when all the teacher should have done was call or email.
So I pull the sixth grader's file, pull out the science assignment sheet, and see that she had simply wrote "do attached" on the assignment sheet. This is something they have been told specifically NOT to do because if the assignments are are not listed, the kids realize they can tear off and lose some of the "attached", because there is no way to account for it. When a teacher does this, either myself or my aide end up having to go through the assignments and itemize them on the sheet so we know what the kid is responsible for. Miss Skinny did not do this.
I write Miss Skinny an email explaining what she had written, listing what she had sent, and informing her, nicely (I really was nice...truly) that each item had been checked off and initialed and was all put in her mailbox yesterday afternoon.
"Oh. I haven't checked my mailbox yet today."
You. Have. Got. To. Be. Freaking. Kidding. Me.