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Just Sven
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4 days ago

Happy Monday, GN -- if only someone would make that same Chuck Norris suggestion to cats!

Our squirrel ward is still alive and is now taking some solid food -- apple and banana. Still little, but active.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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4 days ago

Happy Monday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven!

Sven -- glad to hear that your house guest is doing well.

I’m meeting with our Executive Director and the head of HR today to discuss what my job will look like for the 2024-2025 school year. As Mrs. Paddy points out, my job hasn’t been the same for two years in a row. We’ll see what changes they have in store.

Just Sven
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4 days ago

I hope you get at least clarity as to what you are supposed to be doing and your responsibilities. Even better, if it hands you activities that you enjoy doing.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Just Sven

Next year is going to be a huge change for me. Our K-8 students have a supervising teacher -- someone who gives them their monthly assignments, checks on their progress, does whatever grading the computer can’t, etc. High school students that are on the UC/Cal State track have a supervising teacher, along with one teacher for each subject (content teacher). When the school started, eight years ago, the content teachers were mainly employed by the curriculum providers. In the last few years, we’ve been transitioning some of our supervising teachers to content teachers as we try to bring more functions in-house. I’ve been asked to become a science teacher, adding to the half-time person we currently have teaching science. As I told them, I am willing to do whatever they need me to do to support and grow the school. They do appreciate my willingness to be flexible and said if, after a year, I decided this wasn’t for me, to let them know.

It sounds like they are going to fold my current functions into the Special Ed department. I wish them luck. They’ve hired a Program Specialist to take some of the workload off the Director of SPED, but now they’re adding on another full-time positions worth of work. I have no idea how they will split it up, but it should be interesting.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Mac

Not until I see my new employment contract.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Mac

I enjoyed teaching while I did it, but I’ve also enjoyed my changing responsibilities over the last few years. I’ll need to talk with a few of the other content teachers I know, along with the part-time science teacher to learn what all I need to do and how to do it.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Mac

Thank you, Mac. The adventure continues!

Just Sven
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3 days ago

It’s a blessing that you still enjoy the work you do, Paddy.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Just Sven

Yes, it is, Sven. I’ve been on the other side of that, and it’s not fun, not that I’m telling you anything you don’t already know.

Just Sven
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3 days ago

Most all of my friends around my age -- we are all in the same boat -- it’s a paycheck. It’s astounding to me how many of us, and these are all guys with admirable work ethics that I’ve worked with or known for many years, none of use can figure out the workplaces where we’ve ended up. We don’t fit in.

I was just talking to a friend, an excellent material planner working in aerospace, who relayed this story. He made a kidding comment to a coworker asking why she was so grumpy one day. His manager calls him in the next day, says his remark went up the HR chain, and it would be for the best if he not talk to this woman at all. Communicate by email/text only and keep it work-related only.

It’s odd.

Just Sven
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3 days ago

Dinnertime. Shrimp, steaks, and salad. Our 35th wedding anniversary today.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Mac

Our 41st is coming up on June 26th.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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3 days ago
Reply to  Just Sven

Congratulations, Sven and Mrs. Sven!
May God bless you with many more happy years together!

Just Sven
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3 days ago

Thank you both, gentlemen. Heh -- that makes us the newlyweds on teh wheel!

Last edited 3 days ago by Just Sven
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