Monday, July 10, 2006

Dear Miss Dennis,

When I entered your classroom on Wednesday during the double block English class, periods 5/6, I observed that the shades were completely drawn and the room was darkened since there was evidence that the students had been watching a video clip.

There must be accommodations made for either natural light or ceiling light to be present. Students should have some interactive activity that they can engage in during a pause or break in the viewing, such as, writing answers to questions or a “turn and talk” activity and light is necessary for them to perform these activities.

Also, please ensure that lights are turned on for all other classroom activities.


Principal Puffschmuck


Blogger Amerloc said...


10:03 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Wow! After reading these posts, I am amazed, but not at all surprised, by the audacity of your former prinicipal and incredibly impressed with your tenacity and endurance. I had VERY similar interactions with my principal and other administrators. We had an almost identical issue when we were asked to fill out PEPs - Personalized Education Plans - for students we had never taught before. (These were like IEPs except that ALL students, not just special ed, were supposed to have them.) I, along with my fellow teachers, railed against this idea since it didn't make any sense, but, like you, we were repeatedly told we were being insubordinate. I'm glad things worked out to your favor in the end. I'm no longer teaching, and it feels terrific to not have to constantly suck up to administrators I have no respect for. Keep up the good fight!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Miss Dennis said...

Just want to add that this is the original, word-for-word letter from Puffschmuck. I changed nothing. The first paragraph cracks me up because it is so poorly written. It makes no sense. How does the word "since" work there?

10:46 PM  
Blogger PrettyBrownEyes said...

That is so funny! I had a principal write me a lovely note because I did not attend a Band/PTA meeting. I had to go to class(I took classes to gain my teaching cetificate and keep my job). She told me vey coldly that all teachers were to be present and that my classes were really getting on her nerves. I just stared at her and laughed as I drove home. She was a really difficult administrator.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Bob Calder said...

A couple of months ago I did an OCR for an intern Principal. It was a list of criticisms that someone had given him. I kept them.

I read an observation from an ass't principal at a Palm Beach County school a week or so ago and marveled at the quality of observation and the sheer length and detail.

It was bogus of course. Total bullshit. After seeing many observations that last at most five minutes, I have come to the conclusion that it is just another funky native custom.

I used to do some Real Estate appraisal. If I implied to a member of the public a degree of accuracy that did not exist, I would have lost my license. I really wish someone would take this sort of thing to the wall and fry one of these passive-agressive idiots.

It may sound stupid, but you may have noticed that many university departments no longer give free points to athletes. It is the result of a case in Georgia where a professor who lost her job came back fighting and won several million dollars.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOw. Puffschmuck sounds like the typical incompetent beaurocrat. As a parent, I've dealth with a few liek her. I am intersted in my chidlren's education and have had several conservations with teachers who have expressed frustration with administrtion and how hard thy made it. Keep up the good work.

10:15 PM  

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