When I last saw my ENT guy with my "winter crud" he said, "See you in March!" when we parted. I didn't quite make it to March before the "spring crud" hit, but I haven't been to the doctor yet, either. I've just had too much going on this week to get there.
One of the new laws passed by our state legislature mandates schools receive a performance score in the form of a letter grade to "make it easier to understand" what caliber school your children are attending. The previous system of a school report card which compiled various bits of data was deemed too complicated. This link from the local station is pretty vague, but you get the idea.
The controversy is, of course, that you just can't always weigh schools evenly; there are too many variables that go into the mix. Is it really fair to judge the brand new million dollar school with the latest technology and equipment to the inner city school where the AC works on a part time basis? To give just a blanket letter grade without considering the myriad variables that go into the mix is misleading. I'll get more into this in another post.
The school where I teach is an "inner city," neighborhood school and has drawn a fairly low "letter grade" score. To that end, we have multiple observers coming into our school today and tomorrow to help us figure out how to improve. So, I've been working late to get things in order and requested documents on top of my regular planning, grading and posting in the gradebook. I'm not overly stressed about it - I'm of the mind that it's pointless to put on a "dog and pony show" for observers. I'm going to do my best, which I do every day, and let them see what happens in the classroom daily. This is what they NEED to see and what they want to see in order to provide accurate feedback. But still, things out of the routine are kind of stressful.
Really, it's like all you had to do was tell me observers were coming in and I need to be on top of my game for the "spring crud" to come visit.
Once things settle, if I'm still cruddy, I'll go to the doctor. Meanwhile, I'm off to work early to thwart any technological bugs or mishaps that are sure to occur today. Wish me luck.