Slouching Toward Bedlam

When to Read, When Not to Read . . . That Is the Question, or Robin Williams Ruined a Generation of Teachers?

From: principal.vanderhaar@bchs.org

Sent: 4/18/2011 10:48 AM

To: wordnerd42@aol.com (Christina Lopez)

Ms. Lopez,

I am wondering if you would be willing to make a presentation for our April 22 in-service. I think you would be the perfect speaker to address how teachers can improve “professionally” by reading in their field while managing the “busy-ness” that comes along with teaching. I am sure your presentation will be “dramatic”! Thanks for your help.

Bentley VanderHaar, Principal of BCHS

 

From: wordnerd42@aol.com (Christina Lopez)

Sent: 4/18/2011 11:52 PM

To: principal.vanderhaar@bchs.org

Mr. VanderHaar,

Are you “serious”? I am in the busiest part of my season for coaching. I am serving on that ad-hoc committee to plan for accreditation. This is my first year as chair of the English department. I am also serving on tenure committee and the search committee for the new English teacher. And on top of all this, you just informed me last week via e-mail that I am “invited” to take charge of the spring fine arts festival. And now I am given to understand that you are seriously asking me to create an in-service WITH FOUR DAYS OF LEAD TIME? I am sorry. I’ll have to decline.

Ms. Lopez

 

From: principal.vanderhaar@bchs.org

Sent: 4/19/2011 11:39 AM

To: wordnerd42@aol.com (Christina Lopez)

Excellent. I have always appreciated your sense of humor. I knew I could count on you. The in-service is Friday morning and you can have up to an hour to make your presentation. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

 

Friday 22 April 2011. In-service at Bedlam Christian High School. 9:15 a.m.

Comments by Christina Lopez, Chair, English Department

I have been asked to speak about time management and professional development. I have titled this talk, “Ten Books that Busy Teachers Should Never Bother Reading.” [This is only part of the article. Want to read more? Subscribe to the website by choosing "Register" from the menu above. It's free!]