There was a staff meeting after an early release day today. I was looking to my principal for inspiration, motivation, and possibly a little encouragement. No such look. His agenda included teacher lay offs and involuntary transfers. He touched on preliminary state testing scores. He talked about the difference between our school, the district and the state as a whole. He complained that many teachers are not involved and invested in their school community. Just when I thought things couldn't get any better, he likened teaching in our building to teaching in a third world country. Swell.
Tomorrow is the last day of school. I will try to be less cynical and more reflective and optimistic.