First of all, I am just out of ideas.  I’m exhausted from teaching this new curriculum.  I’m a Science & PE teacher!  With a Language Arts credential!  So, I’m trying, I’m trying…and I just have nothing to say on my blog tonight, or lately.  So, The Daily Grind, one of my favorite bloggists (?) had this post, and I thought it oh-so-appropriate for the beginning of school.  Teachers, you will recognize this.
Sadly, I think I’m the collaborator.  But again, I have no ideas, so perhaps I’ll get a new handle.  Carry on…  
  

The Ten Most Annoying People on Staff

http://ahighcall.blogspot.com/  Hilarious.

In today’s world of easy access, one should not have to pay to read previously written articles that were once free to the reader. And anyone who would consider charging a fee for his previously written articles, only after becoming wildly popular, is guilty of Big Leaguing. (But it won’t stop me from reading his current work)
But nobody does lists like Bill Simmons, The Sports Guy. So Big League Bill, I am stealing your idea, but giving you credit–just like we teach our students!

10. The Clarifying Questioner
You’ve all heard it. The principal has just finished a ten minute power point detailing the new attendance policy when this guy raises his hand to clarify a point that was made five times during the presentation. You want to slap him upside the head and tell him to pay attention–or just call him a freshman.
9. The Stuck in the Past
When Principal Jones was here, things were a lot better. Seriously, dude, I was five when Principal Jones was here; of course things were different. Better? Only because you are so old your short term memory has failed. You keep getting little glimpses into your past like flashbacks in movie. The dreamy nostalgia has got you high on 1982.
8. The 1-Minute until we Leave Questioner
There is nothing more thrilling than when the clock reads 2:59 at a staff meeting that ends at 3:00. Seriously, if you enjoy staff meetings, get yourself checked. You can’t be normal. We’ve just spent 7 hours trying to convince kids to listen to us, had a student tell us where to put the homework assignment, and nearly headed home until the “Staff, don’t forget the meeting at 2:15” announcement blares us back to hell. Then, that one lady in the corner, as if she’s been planning this moment all day because she needs to feel important today, raises her hand with a question about some policy. The ensuing answer needs five minutes to explain. Meanwhile, you’ve started tapping your foot at an unhealthy pace and everyone in the room can feel the frigid stare you are giving. Let it go, lady; let it go.
7. The Collaborator
The Collaborator has many ideas–none of which she can do on her own. No. She needs your help. She’s knocking on your door during her prep period, or e-mailing the staff about a new idea. Where does she come up with all of these ideas? She goes to a lot of conferences, and she lets you know about every one. I learned this. I learned that. We need to do this. We need to do that. How come no one wants to be on board? Oh, I don’t know; maybe it is because you change ideas quicker than a my 9th graders change i-pod skins.
6. The Not Fitting In
Oooh. This one hurts. Nobody likes that awkward feeling one gets when a person tries just a little too hard to fit in. One part of you wants to laugh and point like when you were in high school, the other half wants to feel bad, but can’t. I mean, he’s 35 years old and still trying to fit in. There are two types of Not Fitting Inners. The first is just socially awkward with his peers. He joins conversations that he wasn’t a part of, and knows nothing about–nodding his head in agreement or disgust whenever it seems appropriate. He’s like Steve Urkel–somethings not right, but you just can’t cut him off. The second type is the teacher who needs to feel cool with her students. She tries to dress like them, or do her hair like them. Neither work. You are just waiting for the day that some kid mistakes her for an actual student and trips her in the hall, books sprawling, people pointing.
5. The Shusher
The title says it all. He wants to listen to another pointless movie clip about succeeding schools–even if it was made in 1993. You want to make fun of the actors, or real teachers who are just so awkward because they know their going to be in the movie. He keeps “shushing” you like that kid in junior high that nobody liked. You want to start throwing little pieces of paper at him just to see if he cries. There is no place in the world for the shusher except for when Dr. Evil shushes Scotty in Austin Powers. Shhh. I’ m sorry, no arguing. Shhhh. I don’t want to hear it. Shh.
4. The Union Thug
As soon as the clock hits 2:30, he’s gone. You won’t seem him until 7:00 a.m. If the principal has a new idea that might solve some problems, it has to be a violation of the contract. Nothing this person does is an action of his own. He is a follower at all cost. He is the reason why the outside world rags on teachers anytime we complain about pay. The building rep is on his speed dial, and there is no convincing him to budge an millimeter–it is the difference between being respected and taken advantage of.
3. The Complainer
“My fourth period class is the worst,” she says. You begin to respond with empathy because your sixth period class is hell, but she interrupts, “I don’t know. MY class….” And on it goes. All year, every time you get together. Hey, we all complain. But there is a right way and wrong way to do it. When you complain, you must understand that the person to whom you are complaining to, has a story too. You have to be funny when you complain, otherwise it is the same whining that our students do–and we make fun of in the faculty lounge. You are limited in time. You are not allowed to complain for more than 10 minutes a week. You may choose to complain once a week for 10 minutes–remember to be funny–or you may choose to go with some shorter session (venting). If you can’t be funny and concise, shut the hell up.
2a. The E-Mail Respond Aller.
Because these next two are just so damn annoying, I have to call them equal. When the school secretary e-mails with an all staff bulletin about the fire alarms being tested and there may be an inadvertant bell, please, for the sake of Bill Gates and all the other techno-nerds, don’t reply “The last one interrupted my lab and now my day is shot,” to the entire staff by simply hitting the “reply” button. You see, it goes out to everyone unless you hit “reply sender.” The truth is, we don’t care. WE all had our class interrupted, not just you. This is the epitomy of selfish narcissism–to think that your experience is so unique that you must share it with all.
2b. The Self-Pertaining Questioner
The Vice Principal finishes addressing a new reporting system for grades. A hand in the front goes up. You cringe because you know what’s coming: A Clarifying Questioner, A 1-Minute Till We Go Questioner, or the Self-Pertaining Questioner. The latter asks a question that is specific to his classroom, oblivious to the notion that no one else in the building would have the same question. As if this person hasn’t heard themself talk enough that day, here’s one more opportunity for them to show the VP that they are important. Look at me, daddy, look. I’m right here. No, daddy, right here. Come on, notice me. Please. Just e-mail your question later–no, on better thought, don’t–you’re probably also guilty of 2A.
1. The District Minion
So in love with the Central Office that she quotes it like the Rev. Billy Graham preaching from John 3:16 at the Astrodome. Like the Union Thug, she never thinks for herself, never questions for the purpose of improving. No, she just follows along with every educational fad presented at some meeting. She speaks a foreign language with words like: research based, formative, constructivist, scaffolding, and a bunch of other words. Meanwhile, while she’s off at any and every district offered training, you are actually teaching. And if you should question the latest fad, you can be sure she’s talking. Yep. She’s like the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz, waiting to scoop you up and drop you off at the Wicked Witch’s office. (I better be politically correct and include the Wicked Warlock’s office–otherwise I might get in trouble!)

Do YOU know these people? Did I miss anyone? Misplace any of the above. Let me know!

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13 thoughts on “The Ten Most Annoying People on your Teaching Staff

  1. LONG TiME NO TALK, i MiSS yOU! BiOLOGy CLASS SUX!!! THiS BLOGGiNG, HAS GOT MEi SO CONFuS’D THAT’S WHy i BARLEy USE iT ANyMORE! LOL HiGHSKOO iS OKAy, iM THE CLASS OF ’11 BLUBPRESiDENT, yAP yAP, && iM THE FORE VOLLEyBALL CAPTiN FOR FRESHMAN TEAM! ;D yOU SHOULD COME TOOH ONE OF OUR GAMES THiS SEASON! HOWS TEACHING L.A. GOiNG? WELL iLL TRy TOO LOK AT THE BLOG EVERyONE in A WhIlE TOOH TRy TOOH KEEP iN TOUCH, LOVE yA LOTS! ♥SHELBy

  2. You’re the PRESIDENT!!! WOW! I hope you stay in Biology, just hang in there, and email me if you need anything. Can you send me a game schedule?

    LA is HARD.

    Miss you too, kiddo!

  3. Thanks for the mad props. That post from last year is still my all-time favorite post that I have ever written. It even makes me laugh, and it’s just weird to laugh at your own jokes.

  4. HI MISS VERMULEN!!!!……..HOWS FRENCH CAMP GOIN????? I HOPE YOUR HAVIN FUN…..WELL JUSS STOPPED BY TO SAY HELLO, ND TO TELL U THAT SCIENCE CLASS IS SO BORING WITHOUT A CRAZY SCIENTIST LYK U(IN A GOOD WAY)…..O ND I CULDNT MAKE A BLOG BCUZ ITS TELLIN ME THAT MY E-MAIL IS ALREADY BEEN USED………ND BY THE WAY MISS BARTOLOMEI HAD US DO A KICKBOXING VIDEO TODAY LOL

  5. hey mrsv, today in science was boring she yelled at us for no reason nd we didnt do nothin.know that your gon everything changed like i cant even explain….but yeah 8th grade is fun.oh yeahh. i asked my science teacher a question that i didnt get
    then she came to my desk and started to yell saying,u dont understnd this simple instructions thenshe took my new science book and slmmed it on my desk then in my head i was like if u dont get ur face from out of my face i will !@#$%^&*but i didnt say it its just not the same.honestly i think were better of with mrs.wedlow……….well sorry to tellu that so ihope u have a great time at french camp.bye…….

  6. Luz and Dawaun. I’m so sorry this is happening! Did you tell the Principal??

    That sounds crazy!

  7. yEP SHELBy iS THE PRESiDENT! AHAHA iM AWESOME! i ALWAys TOLD KENiSHA iD BE PRESiDENT BEFORE HER! [[LOL]] && yA iMA GUNA STAy iN BiOLOGy. yEP-yE P i WiLL…=] iLL SEND yOU A GAME SCHEDULE…BUH ON WHAT EMAiL??? i FORGOT yOUR OLD ONE….SORRy!!! OR i COULD JUST TELL yOU RitE NOW…OKAy THE NEXT UPCOMiNG GAMES…
    HOME [[WESTON RANCH]]:
    – 9-11 VS. BEAR CREEK @ 4:O0
    – 9-13 VS. CERES @ 5:00
    – 9-20 VS. CENTRAL VALLEY @ 5:00
    – 9-27 VS. MANTECA @ 5:00
    – 10-2 VS. SIERRA @ 5:00
    – 10-9 VS. SONORA @ 5:00
    – 10-16 VS. OAKDALE @5:00
    – 10-25 VS. EAST UNION @ 5:00
    WELL yA! TTUL [[COME TOOH ONE!!]]
    iLy

  8. yA THESE ARE ALL THE SEASONS HOME GAMES. i CAN’T WAiT TO SEE yEW AT ONE! i MiSS yEW….&& i THOUGHT THAT i’S NEVER SAy THAT….AHAHAH i GUESS i WAS WRONG! =]

  9. Okay I’m officially looking for my calendar to see you play! I miss you too Kiddo. I have that pic of you and another classmate on my wall. 🙂

  10. Hey mrs.vermeulen
    i just stopped by to say hi.
    i made the volleyball team too.but at sierra
    so that means i play shelby and beverly soon.next next week actually.10-2 5pm at Weston Ranch to be exact.anyways it would great if you came to watch

  11. Colleen! Fantastic! I will put that on my calendar. Weston Ranch 5pm Tuesday. Hope I can make it!

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