Are You Serious?

I don’t know why this has become my phrase “Du jour,” but it has.

“Mrs. Alvarado, this student is refusing to work.”
Me: Are you serious?

“Mrs. Alvarado, I don’t have the data I need in order to make a correct assessment for this child.”
Me: Are you serious?

“Hey Lisa, this is dad. I’m retiring in two weeks.”
Me: Are you serious?

I didn’t realize how often I said this until a substitute gave me a weird, sideways glance this morning. I guess I’d said “the phrase” one too many times.

What started all of this today was when I walked in to the front office to greet what I had hoped would be the substitute for my behavior interventions teacher. I inadvertently opened a can of worms through the discovery that the subs that had come in for my two inclusion teams didn’t have any idea that they were working half day for math and half day for language arts.

All together now: Are you serious?
Really. It was all I could say.

I spent the better part of the next 30 minutes helping our attendance clerk iron out the mess, ensure everyone knew where they were going, and STILL ended up waiting for the original substitute that I had gone up front to meet.

Everyone eventually got to where they were supposed to be. The day progressed as school days usually do.

And, right on cue, the day fell apart 15 minutes before the final bell to release the students for the day.

Yes, I’m serious.

After the crisis was averted, I debriefed the incident with my LSSP. He gave me a wry look and said, “Lisa, I’m starting to get the feeling that this campus is a lot more ‘high maintenance’ than I had anticipated.”

And I said:

“Ya think?”

Got’cha. ; )


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