There is a lady that travels the country with three friends, explaining the types of Thinking Maps and how to use them, what a job! However, we spent all morning working on differentiating them, only for her to stop with an hour left of the session and say we should work in our grade level groups. Unfortunately, at this point we had to explain that we didn't actually know what we are teaching. Since as of now, (we have kids Thursday) we have no teacher schedules yet, we have inservices the next two days expecting us to make lesson plans.
Further, I had an assistant basketball coach talk to me about changing the star players grade to passing. Now the kid has a 56, I gave him a 70 last quarter only because he was suspended for fighting right before grades were due. He didn't read any of the books, he plagiarized the last assignment and didn't write any papers. Yet she seemed surprised when I explained that I was not changing his grade. Then she came up later to tell me the two other teachers who failed him didn't want to change either.....I can't imagine why! End rant :) I am going to go drown my preggo sorrows in ice cream!