Have I ever mentioned just how much my job sucks? No? Well, it sucks a lot.
They've started training My Replacement, but:
* didn't tell me she was coming to observe me
*didn't tell her that I was leaving
*and are now sending her into my room all day to observe/prepare, which in essence means that I had to take down all my stuff today (instead of Friday) and that I'm getting a lot of implied "why didn't you do this better"s in conversation with her. And also, she keeps on making "Ohhh, maybe you're pregnant" comments, the unrelatedness to pregnancy of which annoy me to no end.
A little while ago, I was complaining about my job to a teacher girlfriend. She recommended I look at is as a "learning experience." Sarcastically, I remarked that I had learned that when you walk by the students' bathrooms, you hold your breath. And even though this is a valuable lesson that will probably take me far in life, I have learned something else as well, and it's actually been somewhat of a painful revelation over the past 2 days which I spent listening to The Replacement talking about a Listening Center (totally my idea, BTW), moving the furniture, putting this here and that there and words on this wall and a "real" alphabet (like the teachers use, you know) over the board once I take mine (the "not real" one, presumably) down.
I learned that if you're not getting support, you have to ask for it.
If you don't have a curriculum, go and tell the principal you need one. If you don't have a boom box and books on tape for the kids, go tell the principal(for the listening center, you know).
I also learned that if your principal is kind of a jerk and not really helpful at all, you should apply to as many other positions as possible and leave your job asap.