Till this Sunday I was that kinda person who never get excited for particular days. You know like the happy people who sing “oh it’s Monday magic” or the cynical ones who cry about “Monday mania”.
This week, the school re-opening week after Autumn break, has been the most crazy week, at work place. Exams got over on 8th, Autumn break started from 13th. The PTA meet which was supposed to be on 26th was postponed for 29th, which is on Monday , we had to prepare the report card, grades, remarks and things related to it. Now, while I am writing this ,it’s all sounding organized but trust it was not at all like that. It’s been the most disorganized hazardous week on work front so far !!
When I joined school exams were going on , and being appointed the class teacher, by default I was responsible for my kids. So I had to pay minute attention on every child so that I can give them grades accordingly, seems like tough work paying attention to 35+ kids but ironically this was the easiest task.
The hard work was paper work !! Now that marks are distributed on various attributes like notebook and subject enrichment , discipline and so on . I had to calculate them and record them in school issued exam copy and that too subject wise. Sounds easy right ?? Well it wasn’t !! You ask why ?? The answer is the previous teacher had done the calculations wrong and I had to delete everything and start again and also students profile wasn’t ready to upload their marks and grades !! I had no checklist either in writing or as instructions to go about my work. It was a nightmare to run to every teacher to ask what’s the next step. And it made me realize how important it is to have a checklist for the work to be done.
Thanks to few of my colleagues, who helped me in preparing student profile and emailed me the format and taught me the school portal login to asses students related various informations and also introduced me to auto-generate results software. After getting hold of important data and auto-generate results software sheet. I felt like from here work will be smooth, but next roadblock was students names were not organized according to their roll number. Organising that was a mammoth task, something which was going to take a massive amount of time, my geek husband came to my rescue and made the whole profile and arranged the informations related to it from scratch, because of some password we were unable to upload the data on given sheet. After calculations, fed it on the Excel sheet, gave grades and remarks and happily I emailed the profile to other teachers to fill their marks.
This page is something which will give me nightmares all my life. The root cause of all the headache.
It was Friday and results were to be printed because Saturday-Sunday school was going to be closed and Monday is going to be PTA day. I was called in the examination office , and I was informed that though my work is complete and all the marks have been uploaded, but my results are not being generated because the software is corrupt.
This was the cause of my panic attack. Being a new one on the job and getting this as final executed work was something I will never be able to to describe in words.
Trust me I was on the verge of breaking down. Somehow I was holding my self and wits together. Praying for some miracle, called my husband because when it comes to computer he can do anything. He told me to hold on and wait for sometime. In between I got a call from my daughter’s school co-ordinator for very very silly reason. I panicked because it was about my baby, I asked the hubs to not to worry about the corrupt software and results and go to her school to check on her. I started running to every geek teacher in primary section but all were at wits end thinking that why it’s happening only with class 5 and not other class. When all the chaos was reaching it’s crescendo, Savita ma’am a very senior teacher hailing from my home state Bihar came in the room , she took the chair and within minutes, she opened another empty profile sheet copy pasted all the marks and grades and students related information and like magic result generation started as there was nothing wrong. And nobody knows what was causing that error, why software was corrupted, how it got affected with various. And it’s a lesson that these should be updated every now and then, so that end result shouldn’t be rushed and chaotic.
Phew !!! and then I really cried, tears of relief. I have this thing about me I don’t do lazy or crappy work . If I am doing it I will do it sincerely or won’t do at all . And this being the first major work after joining was really crucial, so much to learn and so much to execute . I learned a lesson for my lifetime that no matter how big or small is the work , organising it and making a checklist is so important. The more organized work the better the execution. And also it takes teamwork to succeed, you need to have faith in your team, in your colleagues.I am grateful to all my fellow teachers who helped me, taught me and also told me to eat and take things lightly as it’s not the end of the world. Despite them being busy made sure that I am holding up fine.
And also for this week my class was responsible for special assembly. We had to present one special item every day related to moral values. The first day I was a novice and I struggled but by Friday me and my kids were smooth, we presented a small skit on “STOP VIOLENCE” .😊
This Sunday is feeling like best ever. Yesterday I just lazed around the house and cuddled with my cutie pie (daughter) , and today also just roaming around the house drinking green tea and detoxing my mind.Time to get up and organize the house, uniform, breakfast and lunch menu for another crazy week . 😀
Meanwhile preparations for upcoming Diwali is on . And this time being done with the help of a checklist 🐼/strong>?