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I just had a visitor

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Teslasmate, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    "Hello Mr Teslasmate, I'm [pointless management lackey]".
    "Hello Mr [pointless lackey] what can I do for you"?
    "I would like to come and observe a lesson next week"?
    "Certainly which one would you like to see"?
    "Well next week is observation week, so we are dropping in unannounced on all staff at some point. You will need to do a lesson plan for all your lessons next week".
    "I can't help you with that. I'm not willing to prepare plans for every lesson".
    "You have to".
    "No I don't. I'm a supply teacher. I don't work for this school, and am not subject to the performance management system".
    "But you work here, so will be observed".
    "That's not a problem, but I will be teaching my usual lesson with no extra bits bolted on to jump through hoops".
    "But you have to play the game, in order to allow us to discuss how to develop your teaching".
    "You can't develop me, only I can do that. You are welcome to observe any time, but I will not be doing any performance management".
    "I'm in charge of [meaningless management position title], it's my job to support coaching".
    "I don't work for this school, and am not interested in taking part".
    "Don't you care about being a better teacher"?
    "What's your specialism"?
    "I'm [meaningless management title], but before that I taught PE".
    (teslasmate thinks, of course you did).
    "Then you have nothing of use to tell me about how to teach physics. Looking at you, I'd also say that I have been teaching longer than you".
    "I think you are very rude".
    "I think you need to appreciate you have just told me you intend to demand extra unpaid work, in order to allow you to determine how you can create extra unpaid work for me to 'develop', on the basis of absolutely no knowledge or understanding of what I do".
    "I will be reporting this conversation to the head".
    "Fell free, and he can make the decision about whether he wishes the only physicist in the school to leave today".
    "You wouldn't do that".
    "It wouldn't be my choice, but if dismissed I would be in a classroom again inside a few days".
    "You are impossible".
    "No, just not willing to kowtow".
    "What does kowtow mean"?
  2. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Love it...Love it.... love it..... (well all except the PE teacher presumption bit!!)
    Well done you. A blow in support of all hard pressed teachers! This year's award goes to @Teslasmate!!
    BetterNow, Jamvic, stonerose and 14 others like this.
  3. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    Good of you. And I have nothing against PE teachers teaching PE (indeed I would encourage it), but so many of them get promoted to managing academic, content heavy subjects.
    Thing is, it's not just physicists that can do this. All EBacc subject teachers are needed, and there aren't enough of us. Time to tell management no.
    Viva la revolution!
    wordsworth, Jamvic, lanokia and 10 others like this.
  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Loved that...
    Jamvic, stonerose, FormosaRed and 6 others like this.
  5. MustaphaMondeo

    MustaphaMondeo Occasional commenter

    that has cheered up my morning.
    Jamvic, stonerose, FormosaRed and 7 others like this.
  6. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Brilliant just brilliant. And, I would imagine, very, very satisfying.
    Shedman, Jamvic, stonerose and 7 others like this.
  7. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I enjoyed it so much I had to read it again for the feel good factor!
    Shedman, Jamvic, lardylady and 13 others like this.
  8. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    I had to log in just to "like" that OP! In fact I "love" it. Absolutely brilliant!!
    Shedman, Jamvic, stonerose and 7 others like this.
  9. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Jamvic, stonerose, FormosaRed and 6 others like this.

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter


    That phrase, "You have to play the game" really, really annoys me.
    Shedman, BetterNow, Piscean1 and 11 others like this.
  11. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    That description cheered me up immensely.
    Did the little P,,,, go away?
    Did Senior management come back to you?
    I remember SMT trying similar stunts when I was on supply teaching but I just left if they tried too hard. One can't stop drop-ins...but I do hate the heads that used to just walk in..I was teaching children one day and in came the head and just stood behind me unannounced. I hadn't realised he was the head so I immediately challenged him which sort of upset him. He was a.... hole as well. Thing is he could have been anyone and I am responsible for the class I had under my care.
  12. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    I found it too abrasive.
    I'd prefer not to go for one upmanship in the workplace when I can quite easily revolt by omission or refuse by shifting the burden.
    Why get to a stage where you need to confront somebody with their own pomposity? You loose the joy of laughing at them from a distance.
    pepper5 likes this.
  13. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    I am sorry if it appeared abrasive, but I am way past the point of trying to be nice to managers when they are being abusive / dictatorial / patronising to me. I genuinely believe nothing is going to change for teachers until all of us start to say no to the nonsense.
  14. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    The manager huffed off, and I haven't heard anything yet. I meant what I said though, feel free to tell me to go. It is no skin off my nose. As for your sphincterally inclined head, it would have been an appalling breech of child protection if you hadn't challenged a random stranger who appeared in your classroom. That you didn't know he was the head speaks volumes about their visibility.
  15. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Great stuff.

    'I'm the mammy and you are the baby! It's my game and you have to do what I say or I'll tell daddy!'

    Management culture: Let's-Pretend for useless adults.
  16. Pageant

    Pageant Occasional commenter

    I thought it was brilliant, well done you.
    (But you were lucky you could do that without consequences......)
    Shedman, Jamvic, stonerose and 7 others like this.
  17. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Occasional commenter

    As regards lesson plans, part of the Workload Toolkit states that lesson plans are not required to reduce workload. Referring said lackey to this ( of which they probably had no knowledge anyway) would have nipped the discussion in the bud early on. I did enjoy reading your post though and grinned throughout.
  18. guinnesspuss

    guinnesspuss Star commenter

    Absolutely brilliant.
    Jamvic, stonerose, FormosaRed and 5 others like this.
  19. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter


    The deputy head is 'disappointed in me'. He also implied the school might start looking for a replacement.
    I feel crushed.
    Oh, no, wait. The other one.
    And BTW, I know they have been scouting for a cheaper me since I arrived since two agencies tried to offer me the gig. Hasn't happened yet, take the hint pointless suit wearing person.
  20. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Well, there are so many Physics teachers out there...
    It all sounds like a pile of doodoo to me.

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