Thanks to a number of comments on some of my previous posts, I've done some research on the school I'm at this year and discovered some shocking things about my administration that I'd gotten hints about from current colleages, but had never gotten the full story on. There are a number of blogs and articles in the WaPo about my school's teacher turnover rate last year. That has me seriously considering whether I'll remain at the school past January.
I thought it was cool and exciting when I got to the school in July and discovered that the new staff came from all different parts of the country and even the world. I guess that's largely because nobody in their right mind in DC would ever considering working at this place.
I have to say that these remarkably bleak discoveries come at the same time that I'm really learning to let the stress slide off my back. I don't hate Sunday nights the way I used to. I'm beginning to look forward to going to work again because I'm focusing on the kids again instead of the administration. AND I just finished both my master educator and adminstrative evaluations with above average ratings on both. However, I do NOT want to work at a school where administrators have no problem treating their staff poorly.
I have some SERIOUS thinking to do. The question is what I would do with myself between the end of January and the next teaching job I could find. Maybe I could get some educational policy intern gig in downtown DC.
This will be an interesting next couple of months.