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CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL

Teacher Magazine blogger Hanne Denney writes of preparing for a formal classroom observation by her principal. She says experience has taught her not to be too sensitive about criticism, but still, she worries that things could go awry:

I won’t be offended if she proffers criticism, unless it is something beyond my control. Like the fact that things don’t stay plugged in the wall, that the room is incredibly hot and lacks ventilation, that there are two students with emotional challenges that sometimes need breaks and diversions, or that the student who’s been absent for a week may come and won’t have a clue what we’re doing.

Considering that Hanne is among the most positive of people, it’s notable--or maybe the word is scary--how quickly that list of potential events beyond the teacher’s control seems to grow.

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