Working in a school is more fun than a real job.
But there are times that can be unsettling.
1.) The sad day that is July 5, when you realize summer is almost over (downhill from there).
2.) The morning you wake up expecting a snow day and it’s 52 degrees and sunny.
3.) Anytime the government gets involved in education.
But all of these pale in comparison to the worst feeling an educator sitting at his or her desk can experience.
It happens every year.
I know this because people email me within seconds of this tragic event.
The tone of the email is always the same. Shame mixed with fear wrapped in an apology.
5.) It’s when an employee using a school computer goes to one website and ends up on another.
The unexpected site rhymes with born, thorn, sworn, torn, and worn.
It’s always the same series of events. They type in an innocent web address and they end up someplace entirely different.
Usually, the site is only on the computer for seconds, but it can seem like hours when they are frantically hitting the Escape or Delete button. Some have even pulled the power cord.
This stress and shame is compounded if there are children within 100 feet.
I always get the sense they are sweating profusely when they send the email pleading their innocence.
First, I’m not the computer police. I know it was accident.
And second, why do innocent people always feel so guilty?