Lately, things at work have been less than desirable. Not with the students or the families, but with coworkers and administration. One teacher even quit, mid-year, because she couldn’t take it any more. I may be young, but I’m not stupid, and I know that every work place from Burger King to Microsoft has its own drama so I find myself asking how our drama stacks up against other schools. Never working at another school myself, I find myself asking the more seasoned teachers. The teacher who quit is a great teacher, a great person, and was an invaluable mentor, but she is headstrong and opinionated so I wasn’t surprised that she quit. I felt that her leaving was strongly linked to her personality and not necessarily an indication of our school. So I decided to use the the old miners’ canary trick. There is a teacher at my school who is a very sweet lady. She is the only one with children, two very sweet girls. All in all, she is a seasoned teacher who has taught at other schools and is very even-tempered. She is not rash and is diplomatic with her words and actions and is well respected and liked by all. I chose her to be my canary; when she gets worried about how things are going, then I will know for sure that things aren’t going well.
Unfortunately, my canary is in distress. I guess only time will tell how much trouble we’re in.