Thursday, May 9, 2013

Real World Crashing Into Writing World...Update

Hey, everyone! If you read my blog on Monday you know how my teaching career and my writing career crashed together thanks to a bunch of 10th graders. For all the details, visit here.

So, here's the update:

I did send the email to 2 of the assistant principals on Monday morning. I just told them that we'd been talking about drafting in class, then publishing in general and then me specifically. For the record, they were both supportive of my writing career when I first told them about it just after I got hired. They think it's cool that I have another career and that I write books.

The next time I saw one of the ladies, she walked toward me and said, "Don't be silly." I explained I just wanted it to be officially documented that I let them know. She then said, "Have you seen some of the stuff they read?" We left it at that.

Later in the day, when she asked to speak to me in private (out of the teachers' lounge), I said, "Am I in trouble?" If the principal hadn't been walking by at that moment she was going to tease me and say, "Yes, don't be spreading your smut all around!"

So, with the adults, I'm okay. I have a good feeling that if any parents DID have a problem, the assistant principals would have my back.

As for the kids......

Nobody's said anything since Monday. I've seen the class twice. One of the kids talked to me today about writing and teaching, about being an introvert too. We got on to talking about Facebook and I told her to send me a friend request (to my personal FB, one I've got a lot of former students and parents on). I told her she'd have to wait until she's 18 for me to accept a friend request to my Alexa FB account.

Seems I worried for nothing. But at least I did what I felt was right. Thanks for ALL your support, both on here and in private emails. It was GREAT knowing I had that many people behind me!


  1. I'm so glad it worked out so well!

  2. Brilliant news, Alexa. I'm glad the school, pupils and parents have your back. I imagine they are all thrilled.

  3. I'm thrilled it worked out too, Alexa. Glad they are open-minded about these sorts of things.

  4. Yay for doing what's right! For what it's worth, I think you did the right thing. If there is any feedback from parents, the administration will appreciate not being in the dark.

    Great professional attitude. And, hey - you inspired the kids to be creative and RESEARCH. That can't be bad - lol.