Last week I got a call from Mrs. Clean Freak: Alissa can you come into the 1st year classroom for a minute?
I was thinking: Is this really necessary? Seriously I had many more things I could be doing than telling her why the desks weren't lined up just so.
I went into the classroom and Mrs. Clean Freak said: Alissa you teach in here more than other teachers do. Can you tell me why so and so moved their desk?
I was thinking: Because he wanted to. He's an American and an adult. Last I checked he's free to do what he wants.
I said: He's color blind. He really couldn't work productively in my Color and Design Theory class without help. He also was by a few girls. The guy likes to hang out with other guys. The color blind thing was a much better reason to move.
Mrs. Clean Freak said: Do you know why the students moved that table back there? Pointing to a table.
I said: Nope! If it bothers you move it back, otherwise just leave it.
Mrs. Clean Freak paused as if she didn't know how to handle this one, and said to the student worker: Move that table back, and align the desks. All while the student worker stood there looking completing baffled.
I left the room.
Later I get another call from Mrs. Clean Freak: Alissa can you come into the 3rd year classroom?
I was thinking: OMG really?!?!
I said: Ok.
Mrs. Clean Freak said: Those are your folders. We don't like them there. Meaning she doesn't like them there. Can you move them?
I grabbed the folders that I use for that class only to take them back to my office. Each folder belongs to a different student. I put their work in the folders. When I knew she was gone I went right back into that classroom to hide them in a different spot. I felt like a kid that was told to clean their room, but shoved everything under their bed. Seriously though...it's a classroom. If I need things in there, they are going to stay in there. I only have so much room in my office.
Here's where the folders were:
Totally out of sight from tours!
Here's where I hid them:
You don't see them. Do you? Mrs. Clean Freak apparently hasn't seen them either. At least she hasn't said so. They are by the printers that no one uses. We have 2 more printers in a different spot that everyone uses. How about we remove the unused printers, and keep the folders that are used?!
Why is it that something as little as this - can get on my nerves more than some thing big? I just think some people need to choose their battles more. This isn't a battle I would have chose to fight. The students folders stay!