Friday, April 18, 2014

Teachers: Three ways to drive your principal nuts… but for good reasons!

   1. Every other Saturday you set off the alarm at the building! You always forget to get someone to get you a code …you should call someone but… you already have 15 kids waiting to get into the computer lab so that you can help them with their research projects, calculus, English papers…ok just fill in the blank. So you just unlock the door and go in… and work with the kids…hoping that whoever shows up will be lenient!

  

   2. Promise your kids that if everyone attends the extra study sessions and all pass the next exam that they will be allowed to dump a bucket of water on you (And, by the way…forgot to tell them what max size the bucket could be…oops!) during class time. They do it! You take the class outside on the day to celebrate and they show up with a garbage can filled with water…Noise!!! Laughter! Water everywhere! The principal runs down the hall slipping on the trail of water as he stares at you sopping wet….and kids smiling and laughing…He wearily asks… “Everything ok?”                                                                                        
   3.To prove to 10th graders that they need to check out sources of information before assuming that it’s correct and true…You recruit a small group of covert operatives (10th graders) to help you stage a prank.

You had run into an historical story …in 1244 the Pope announced that Easter was too late in the year so he decreed that 11 days would be removed from the calendar…there was mass hysteria…everyone wanted their 11 days back…

The team creates convincing fake newspaper clippings/stories, posters, a fake science convention and spokesperson…over three weeks of more info being leaked…it goes beyond the 10th grade…

CNN tells kids to stop calling them…adults are arguing over whether anyone would really lose 11 days or is it just semantics… One kid is upset because her birthday falls in the middle of the 11 days…will she still be able to get her license?  No real stories have been on the radio but you hear kids talking about it on the radio…yea…I heard it this morning on my way to school… (really?) The principal has the beginnings of mass hysteria…oops…didn’t mean to go that far…the covert team is ecstatic… wow…you are starting to worry …how do we get out of this?…You’re worried but also proud…you made your point just to more kids and adults than you had intended…everyone should check sources of information before assuming its correct…

Hopefully….the Principal knows you meant well…


But talk about cool opportunities for learning!

Yours and theirs!

Just remember… I didn’t suggest anything nor tell you to do these things….

It will drive him nuts, but hey...you were focused on driving the kids to do better and achieve more! 
And... you got results....
J