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Posts Made By: Angelo
Board: The VENT 10-13-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo
Are "School Hours" a novel concept?

The school is open at certain times. These are called "school hours." Many businesses actually have them as well. Assuming most of our parents went to school themselves, they should have at least a...
Board: The VENT 10-09-2019, 03:44 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Angelo

I know you’ve seen me vent a lot about some of narcissistic, entitled parents we have to deal with in my prep school. Those parents generally raise my blood pressure a few points. But there’s another...
Board: The VENT 10-06-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By Angelo
Quit Making Suggestions

So there's this event I've been organizing every October for the past four years or so. I'm omitting the details.

There's one colleague in particular who doesn't like the way I run it, and...
Board: The VENT 09-30-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Angelo
Misplaced Anger

I'm always a bit thrown for a loop when a parent gets (often visibly) angry at me about something that has absolutely nothing to do with me or my role. In many cases, it seems the only link between...
Board: The VENT 09-28-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Angelo
"Can you send that to me?"

And the long march to the complete abdication of student responsibility continues.

It's commonplace now for parents to request that documents and other materials be sent directly to them rather...
Board: The VENT 09-27-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By Angelo
Board: The VENT 09-22-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Posted By Angelo
Oh! They didn't like that!

We in academic advising always give group tutorials to Senior students about college applications (Common App, personal essay tips, financial aid, etc.). For the past few years, there has been...
Board: The VENT 09-18-2019, 04:02 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Angelo

First of all, I hope you are doing okay and on the road to a full recovery.

Second of all... wow! Thereís a word for people who are as selfish, callous, and lacking in basic compassion as the...
Board: The VENT 09-12-2019, 03:57 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo
Forget elementary

70Primrose: Oh yes. We get parents in HIGH SCHOOL who expect us to arrange play dates for their sons. I have one mom whoís been complaining for two years that our school isnít doing enough to bring...
Board: The VENT 09-11-2019, 04:03 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo

Got another one yesterday.

Student: Can I switch into Period 5 Geography?
Me: No, itís full. Whatís wrong with Period 2 Geography?
Student: All my friends are in Period 5.
Me: Well, like I...
Board: The VENT 09-07-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo
Just Stop Arguing! Please!

Major pet peeve: parents who call and e-mail to repeat a request (more forcefully) that I have already denied when their kid asked it. When the student asks for something that is not possible, either...
Board: The VENT 09-01-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo

Oh... don't even get me started on the "assessments" thing. The bane of my existence right now is bad advice being transmitting from one parent to another.

"I know you said you couldn't do X, but...
Board: The VENT 08-31-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo
Are they in this together?

So regular followers know about my "first-world problems" vents about parents. I work as an academic counselor at a prep school (private). 80% of our families are lovely and supportive. The other...
Board: The VENT 08-30-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 42
Posted By Angelo

Being injured while pregnant must have been scary. I'm so sorry. I have to agree with the chorus that says look after yourself and your baby first and worry about being right second.

And you ARE...
Board: The VENT 08-30-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By Angelo

I've always thought that people's retirement plans were like people's finances. If they choose to bring them up, that's fine, but asking is pretty tacky, unless you have a close personal friendship...
Board: The VENT 08-30-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Angelo
That's not right

IMHO, your school's guidance department should not allow that. I've been a classroom teacher and a counselor, and frankly, I'm glad I now work at a school with a strict, "no teacher shopping" policy...
Board: The VENT 08-28-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Posted By Angelo

I hate that. I always think there has to be a happy median between subjecting adults to think-pair-share and cross-the-line crap versus lecturing for hours without a proper break. I always resent the...
Board: The VENT 08-26-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo

That's the thing. I'm sick of parents talking about the staff at our school as though we were somehow mean, uncaring, or lacking in understanding of anxiety. Our admin does back us up, which is nice....
Board: The VENT 08-24-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By Angelo
Cafeteria Anxiety

See... the thing is, we all have anxiety. To be human is to be anxious when confronted with something new, unfamiliar, unpleasant, challenging, whatever. Asking to be accommodated for anxiety is a...
Board: The VENT 08-21-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 25
Posted By Angelo
Very Interesting

Interesting points in this discussion!

So I'm informed that libel is prohibitively difficult to prove. You need to:

a) prove that the person whom you are suing is actually the source of the...
Board: The VENT 08-21-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Posted By Angelo

This FB group was the subject of much discussion among teachers today at lunch. Several shook their heads and said ďitís outside of school on social media... not much we can do.Ē However, this begs...
Board: The VENT 08-20-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 25
Posted By Angelo
I Wasn't Supposed to See That

A long-time friend has a son who just started at our school. It had long been rumored that there was a secret, closed FB page administered by some of our parents. Now it's confirmed. My friend was...
Board: The VENT 08-09-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 17
Posted By Angelo
Wow! Interesting Times

So I got a weird e-mail this morning from one of these "educational consultants" retained by the parents of one of my students (I'm his Academic Counselor). The consultant attached a pdf of a signed...
Board: The VENT 08-07-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 26
Posted By Angelo

I completely agree with those who say this AP is out of line. You may have a spineless "people pleaser" on your hands, so watch out. Admins who spend all their time glad-handing parents and managing...
Board: The VENT 07-29-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 31
Posted By Angelo

We're supposed to do them as well. They can't officially *make* us do them during our vacation time, but the alternative is to do them in the fall with no release time, so we're juggling our regular...

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