Two Hour Dismissal – 8.2.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

It sounds great – “You can leave two hours early today.” For the most part, it is great, but at the same time I have not finished getting myself ready for the first day of school.

Today, I arrived at school about 30 min. early in order to minimize my distractions. By distractions, I mean teachers and other staff. By nature, I put others needs before my own needs. So, that means I listen, counsel, fix, or help others as much as possible. That is a positive human trait, but at the same time, it puts me in situation where I can’t get my work done. Now, those reading who are my acquaintances, please don’t read this and make it something else – remember, it’s just a journal. Knowing this about myself, I try to create time for myself in the morning. Most of the time it works, but then there are some days when it doesn’t work. I made it to school and was able to sneak past the office avoiding any conversation or other distraction. I even kept the lights off in the library, but then it happened. “Mr. Harrell” pause, “Mr. Harrell” … “Yeah, I am back here!” I said. I was really back in the storage room hiding, but it didn’t seem to work. So, after a 30 min. conversation about “this and that” I was already behind. I was able to attend to an organizational task in the storage room, which was a mess after the summer.

After this interaction, I now had about 30 min. before our faculty meeting, yes another meeting. I went to my computer to work on my school website, but then again, another person was in the library “shooting the breeze”. Now, I am a friendly person, who is constantly smiling, but that smile invites others into my comfort zone. The meeting is now in five min. after this last conversation, so all I have time to do is get my water and go find a seat. Of course the meeting lasted longer than I expected, but it still gave me about 90 min before lunch, so I went into the library and pecked away at my “to do list”. It was working great – I was able to get lots of task done before 11:30 am, which meant I could eat next, then get more done before 1:00 pm. Yes, once again, two hour dismissal sound great, but it does put the pressure on a person to get everything done two hours early.

Lunch was complete. Lunch and eating at school will be another journal post, but until then, I will continue. I was working, feeling accomplished, then I heard a strange voice. It really wasn’t strange, because I knew the person, but it was strange because I usually didn’t hear this voice until later in the day. Well, needless to say, I was in the middle of another conversation, which lasted another 45 min. I ended up packing up my computer and leaving, which was still about 15 min. after the two hours early time. I am not a rude individual, and I enjoy having conversations, but sometimes it’s stressful to have this interaction. So, with my computer in hand, lunch box in the other, and my two gallon water cooler, I walked to my truck. I did all of this with a smile while talking to my last visitor, until I ran into another conversation. This ended me up in the parking lot, which I was able to break away about 10 mins. later. So, what did I do? I drove my truck home, turned on the XM Radio, and finished the last bit of my work on the back deck two hours after the two hour dismissal. Now, I am ready for the first day of school.

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