It is the time of year at work when I get so frustrated with the organization I work for because we never know quite what is being planned for next year and at least three times each day a colleague comes downstairs to my room and speculates unhappily and fruitlessly for a while. I'm used to it, because it has been happening every spring since I took this job 13 years ago, but it is still tiresome and annoying. So much so that I wrote myself a little manifesto outlining the ways in which I like to act professionally and be treated professionally. Probably talking about it here isn't actually very professional, and probably I've already said too much, so the manifesto will remain private, but it helps me deal with peers and bosses alike.
One of the other things that makes me feel better is the students. I got a bunch of feedback from them this week that reminds me how important my work is and how if you stay organized, do your prep work, and treat the students like human beings, they will appreciate it and will learn more and will look the other way if you occasionally swear under your breath at something or someone.
They will also bring you donuts and ask you to wear silly hats and pose for snapchat pics with cookies. For them, yes, I will do these things.