We had a staff meeting this afternoon and the main discussion was about the emergency drill we're having this week. It's required by the school district, no big deal, but when the meeting was done I felt like my head was spinning on one of those paint spinner machines you used to see at carnivals. Our principal was talking really fast and kept changing what he was saying, and I was having such a hard time following him. Someone would ask a clarifying question and he'd say something like "Hmm. yeah, we'd better change that" but it wasn't clear what was changing. The document he gave us about the drill had quite a few errors--things that had been correct at one time, but had been changed as late as an hour before the meeting but hadn't been changed on the document. He was blowing through things pretty quickly, and some of the things would have quite an impact on a few classes. It was maddening. I can see his need to get through things and not sit there and dissect the thing to bits, but he needs to slow down and give people time to think and ask questions. He's terrible at "wait time"--asking a question then waiting with dead space so people can process things. he always says things like, "Anybody else have anything to say? No? Okay then-- we're done". He seems kind of annoyed when people keep asking questions--but in the classroom if kids keep asking questions, it almost always means the directions weren't made very clear.
I think he needs to be on Ritalin. And I need to find another job.