Where my brain went

4 Feb

Sometimes, I worry.

So last week, when I checked my email before school and say a message from a parent that simply said,

Adrienne,

My husband and I would like to meet with you.  Do you have time on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:30?

I worried.

Had I done something wrong? Had I said something wrong?

The day before we had begin a discussion of Hammurabi’s code by talking about justice and fairness. My classroom read aloud is Kate Messner’s Breakout and we had tied Hammurabi in to some of the problems with the criminal justice system she talks about in the book. Had I shown my liberal bias and upset a conservative family?

I sent an email back suggesting an alternative time and ended simply with

Could I as what you would like to meet about. I like to come to parent meetings with the information I need, whether that is grades, curricula, etc.

I worried as I drove to school. I asked the Math teacher if he’d received an email from the family. He had not. The Science teacher wasn’t in yet. I stewed and set off in search of an administrator. If I had done something wrong, I wanted an admin present.

I found the VP who is my direct supervisor and we had a great discussion about race. The night before, he attended a district sponsored conversation about race and found it so powerful that he was hoping to get the recording and share it with staff.

I felt a little better and set about getting ready for the day. I checked my email and I’d heard back from Mom. My new time suggestion worked for them – and they wanted to talk about grades.

Somehow, with all the hullabaloo in my brain, I’d forgotten that report cards had been sent home. Until this year, middle and high school report cards were mailed from Central Office. It took almost two weeks from the time I posted my grades until families received their copy in the mail.  This was the first time they were sent electronically, so I had no idea families had received them.

I relaxed.

When the family came we had a wonderful conversation. Their child was actually doing fine in my class and I had a few suggestions on what to do better. There were a lot of laughs, too.

I don’t know why my brain always goes to the worst case scenario. I am going to file this experience away and hope that, the next time a cryptic email comes from a parent, I give myself some credit for being a good professional.

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6 Responses to “Where my brain went”

  1. Ramona February 4, 2020 at 6:52 am #

    Oh, we’ve all been there. I breathed a sign of relief with you! Keep this one handy for the brain to go to next time.

  2. Amanda Potts February 4, 2020 at 7:02 am #

    Oh, I so understand this! My brain does this, too. My principal, for example, is notorious for sending emails saying, “Please see me.” Every single time I start wondering what I could have done wrong – even though I’m a department head and it’s almost always about departmental questions. It’s terrible! Now, we’ve turned it into a joke. He sends the email & I write back “Topic?” Glad your topic turned out so well!

  3. Anonymous February 4, 2020 at 7:11 am #

    Family trait I’m afraid!! 🙂

  4. arjeha February 4, 2020 at 8:26 am #

    For some reason we all seem to be conditioned to expect the worst. Glad your conference went well and was nothing to worry about, even though you were worried about it.

  5. Lisa Corbett February 4, 2020 at 11:31 am #

    Ha ha! I call that an imagination attack! I frequently have to remind myself that the worst-case scenario is also the least likely scenario.

    • Adrienne February 4, 2020 at 11:44 am #

      I love that term and I am going to steal it from you!

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