In my 8th Grade Honors English class, we are reading To Kill A Mockingbird. Approximately 7 of those kids have to go to the high school 1st period to take Geometry, and then come to school. So, those kids are super smart. At least I think they are. I didn't take Geometry until I was a junior in high school! Anyway, that's beside the point.
Tonight, I received an email from my principal that told me to talk to my students about reading To Kill A Mockingbird during other classes. Attached to the email was the the forwarded message from the Geometry teacher. She said something along the lines of giving a final warning today and that if she sees kids reading it in class, she would confiscate it. She was tired of kids reading and making notes during her time.
I had a snarky reply ready, but it's not my principal that I'm irritated with. I'm irritated with the Geometry teacher. Don't "tell on me" to my boss about something that you can't handle in your own classroom! Deal with it yourself. Take their books for the period and give them back at the end of class. Confiscating their To Kill A Mockingbird books would be the equivalent of me confiscating their Geometry books. We aren't using our textbook right now. Those are their textbooks! This is the second time this year that I've had to "talk" to my students about something because another teacher couldn't handle their own shit and complained about myself or my own class. The first time it was because a teacher complained that I let my kids snack in class (they always cleaned up after themselves) and it was "causing a problem" in their class. Which, to me, means that they couldn't handle the situation on their own. I have 5 preps (meaning I teach five SEPARATE kinds of classes---5 separate lesson plans each day), I'm the department chair, a support provider (mentor teacher) for a newer teacher, on the positive behavior reinforcement team, am the only teacher who goes to the kids' sports games. I'm a good teacher. Leave me alone and let me do my job!