Thursday, January 19, 2012

In which I am escorted to the sidewalk

When we left off yesterday, it was Monday morning, the first official day of my practicum block. I was sitting in the principal’s office waiting to be told the purpose of this unexpected meeting which I had been called into. Finally they appeared and sat down, the principal and the vice. After some perfunctory pleasantries, it was time to get down to businees. It seems they had been hearing bad things about me.

Just what had they heard? It’s really hard to say. I’d like to tell you what happened, but there is a problem. You see, up to this moment, I have not seen a written record of their version of what went on in the meeting, so for reasons that may or may not be apparent to everyone else, I feel it is not in my best interest to put forward my version. There are nevertheless certain facts which I do not believe ought to be in dispute:
1. My faculty advisor had already been called and would be meeting with the principal later that day.

2. Effective immediately, I was suspended from my practicum privileges until further notice.

I was then escorted to the sidewalk and told to leave. At 4:00 that afternoon, I received the following email from the Director of Student Teaching:

Hello Marty,

I am writing to inform you that your practicum block at Gordon Bell High School has been terminated for this term. You are not to return to the school. Please contact my assistant Monica Hoersch should you wish to set up an appointment.

Deb Woloshyn

Director, Student Teaching
Faculty of Education
University of Winnipeg

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