Feeling very pissed off - need to have a big rant!

(16 Posts)
Lara2 Tue 20-May-14 22:50:07

Will try to be brief and succinct. I've been in Year R for ages, loved very minute, but am moving into another role in the same school next year. At the moment it's full on new entrants transition stuff which takes a huge amount of organising on top of my usual workload. Not complaining about this, it's just the way it is at this time of year.
What has pissed me off is the attitude of the two teachers who will be in Year R next year. Today was the two meetings for the new parents - lots of work and very important to make a good impression etc. I spent the morning teaching, and my lunchtime making sure the unit was tidy(parents do a walk through) and getting the hall ready. The two teachers swanned in about 10 minutes before and after swanned out again! The evening meeting had to be in the unit - even more work, moving furniture etc. again they both swanned in about 10 minutes before the meeting. After, one of them patted my colleague on the arm and patronisingly thanked her for getting the 'script' ready and equally patronisingly thanked me for use of the unit! She then helped herself to some of the leftover food samples and swanned off home, leaving myself, my colleague and the other new Year R teacher to tidy up and put my classroom back together! Aaarrrgggghhh! Did they think they were pop up meetings that just happened??? At no point did they offer any help despite having had a meeting with the Head to discuss who was saying what, where we were holding the meetings etc! I eventually got home just before 9pm.
Soon we will have 3 activity days with the new children and parents - so do I carry on and organise these or do I stand back and wait until these 2 ungrateful wretches sort it all out themselves? They know it has to be done - it's their parents and new children after all, not mine. Or am I being ridiculously petty?

littlegreengloworm Tue 20-May-14 22:56:33

Not petty at all

I have learned to stand back. Let them at it, they are qualified and surely capable. wine

Yes, been there.
Stand back and watch the show!

Lara2 Tue 20-May-14 23:10:54

You're right - grown up and qualified and more than capable.
I'm more than happy to answer questions etc but will stand back and let it be done.
Thank you! [ smile]

TAMumof3 Tue 20-May-14 23:19:13

Why should it be their job to do any of this years graft?
Presumably your being paid for the YR Teacher role at present and till summer, so why wouldn't you do what that requires ?

Lara2 Wed 21-May-14 00:40:34

Because it's their job to do the transition as the teachers next year? TBH, we're doing as much as we are as a courtesy because they've not done it before. A little thought and consideration (and offers of help!) would go a long way.

TheLateMrsLizCromwell Wed 21-May-14 18:05:39

Are you doing your next year's job too, OP, or are the current incumbents doing it?

littlegreengloworm Wed 21-May-14 18:18:42

People will use you if they can get away with it (I'm a cynic)

I have been that person but have watched how other teachers cope and they don't get too friendly or do too much for others. It's sad but true.

Lara2 Wed 21-May-14 19:04:45

MrsLizCromwell - not sure I understand what you mean- could you elaborate?

I think she means - are you planning and getting things organised for your next class too? If you are then they should really be organising their new classes too. They are happy for you to do things that they should be doing.

level3at6months Wed 21-May-14 20:13:25

Definitely let them do it for themselves. It's doing them no favours to organise it for them - as you say, their parents and their children, not yours.

Lara2 Thu 22-May-14 08:16:16

Thanks drama - I'm not going to be class based next year, but yes, I am getting stuff ready now. Also, all the time I have been in Year R, you have to be getting the profile sorted, reports etc, carry on teaching, learning journals, as well as all the new entrants stuff. So, effectively, thinking about twice as many children and families from now until the end of the year. Next year's intake are their children - they need to be doing the transition etc.
One of the new Year R teachers did come and apologise yesterday - I think it had suddenly dawned on him what was involved and was mortified that he hadn't offered help.

TheLateMrsLizCromwell Thu 22-May-14 11:14:05

Instead of silently fuming, why not set the expectations at the outset so all are clear? So when the appointments are made, a clear timetable and matrix of responsibilities are agreed? It is not very professional to make assumptions, not state them and then martyr yourself.

Lara2 Fri 23-May-14 20:26:56

I actually didn't think I'd have to ask for help to set up a meeting - I'm talking the basic setting out of chairs, information packs, moving furniture in my classroom and getting chairs from the hall to my classroom etc.Obviously I made the ridiculous assumption that common courtesy and thoughtfulness might have played a part in the proceedings.
I'm not matyring myself - I was having a pissed off rant and quite frankly draping my jaw off the floor at the thoughtlessness.

Euphemia Sat 24-May-14 15:29:39

I'd get together with them and say "Right, we need to discuss who's doing what for the next transition day. I'll do x, y and z. Who would like to do a, b and c?"

Lara2 Sat 24-May-14 21:32:25

Euphemia, that's the solution I decided after I'd ranted! smile I'll do it the once and then they can crack on.

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