I don't mean I arrange who pees where, I mean I attempt to co-ordinate demand for a person to cover a class where a teacher is absent with the personnel available.
Last year I focused purely on the people aspect and ignored the financial side, but seeing as we blew out our budget to the tune of $100,000 (we had $35,000 originally budgeted) I have to be more careful this year.
Most staff don't take days off without a very good reason, but some have a tendency to use any excuse to get out of teaching for a day. We're beginning to tighten up on people, and are now expecting to see doctor's certificates after 3 days off sick.
As I've mentioned before, in Scotland, where I trained and taught for 5 years, it was expected that ALL personal appointments, for whatever reason, would be outside normal teaching hours. Time-off was simply not granted. All courses were also arranged to fall in the holidays, weekends and teacher-only days.
I have to go for a blood test next week, as part of my annual checkup, but I'll make sure that the appointment time does not interfere with my teaching duties.
I have a list of possible relievers I can use, some I have recruited, some I've inherited, and I try to match up their personalities and skills to the requirements of the classes needing cover. Here is a list of many of our relieving teachers. Names have been changed to protect identities.
Doctor Death: Lives near me and has a PhD, demands to be referred to as Doctor ******* by pupils and staff. Doesn't like our kids, refers to them (often to their faces) as scum, does not have good interpersonal skills. Always wears her sparkling white lab coat. I only contact her as an absolute last resort.
Scottish Auntie: Been a reliever since the European landings. Knows about 80% of the kids and their mums and dads and grannies and aunts and uncles and has taught most of them. Little problems with the kids, sometimes veers away from the given lesson. Health not so great at the moment, retirement appearing on the horizon.
Young Beardie: Newly qualified, has been on semi-continuous relief for the last 3 weeks. He's getting better, and has developed good relationships with the kids. He's also on the short list for a permanent job, being decided next week. He takes some classes which are a bit challenging, and if he can cope with them, he wont have any problems in the future.
|Beginning Teacher Armour. Normal wear in Nuova Lazio High|
Just as an aside to all people connected to Nuova Lazio High.
We finished the proof reading of the reports last night. Everyone was told to print out their report comments for our perusal, and all did.
1 PE Teacher: Understandable; a close family member is really unwell, and she has a lot on her mind.
1 Maths teacher: Understandable; he's been off sick for two weeks, and his wife is also unwell.
Head of Art:: Two for one here. Not only didn't print out the comments, did the Form Teacher comments in the wrong place. Semi-Understandable; All Art teachers are a bit weird. As are Drama and Music teachers.
Ringo: Unacceptable. No comments printed out. Great impression for the staff from one of our leaders.
|Says it all really.|