The man at the back of the room
With the briefcase and the suit
Looking important and taking notes
Totally unexpected, like an unwanted gift
Sent to judge and assess,
And no one quite knows the result,
Hoping for answers to come in the morning
For the scary inspection that came with no warning.
I am not very good at being watched when I work, because I always feel as though I am being judged so that the company can use their findings to get me fired. So, when I have an unplanned observation, I go into panic mode.
When I got to my room this afternoon there was a man in a dark suit with a briefcase and a notebook waiting for me. He was one of the school governors and he assured me that he just wanted to see the school’s new behaviour policy in action, but that wasn’t enough to push down my irrational fears.
To make matters worse, the headteacher then walked in as I think she was concerned about what the governor was seeing in a new teacher’s classroom – after all, I guess her job depends on him being happy.
I think it all went fine, given that I was teaching a class of low ability boys whose behaviour is never normally all that great.
Now I just need to wait until the morning to see if I have a note from the headteacher on my desk, asking me to come up and see her for a serious chat. Keep your fingers crossed for me guys!