Our educational leader at our school often makes assumptions, or sometimes thinks they have explained something when they have left out key pieces of information. This often happens when part of the staff is out on rotation break. Staff come back from break, and are assumed to know stuff that was explained while they were out. Another common problem is that kindergarten does so many things differently than the rest of the grade levels, yet many meetings and trainings are required that don’t “fit” us, yet we are required to attend, participate, and somehow comply.
An example of this last thing would be our report card and grades. First, kindergarten doesn’t “give” grades, yet we are somehow expected to keep grades in our electronic grade book (which in turn generates the report card). I received a form in my mailbox today, saying that there were no new grades in my grade book along with a standard formula (that works for all other grade levels and their grade books) indicating how many grades my grade book is missing. I’ve tried to explain to her, “There is NO place to put these so-called grades, which we by-the-way don’t give….” Nothing we say to her seems to make a difference.
There are unit literacy tests that we give with every unit. All other grades use scantron answer sheets for the tests. Since they are computerized, they can combine and compare grade level scores easily. Kindergarten again not computerized, the tests aren’t set up that way. She said she’d get back to us on that. It’s never happened. I’m waiting for the day she wants the data.