Wendy-isms:  memorable utterances by our hero,

Wendy Taylor

from the book Finishing School
Wendy Taylor's Musings

On Faculty Meetings:

"Death-by-meeting is something we all suffer from in our jobs...I’ve never met a meeting that couldn’t have been born as an email instead."

"Really?  You really don’t think  teachers say what their bosses want to hear just so they can get a good evaluation?

Now who's being naive?"

“I think it’s a dangerous game we’re playing, and sooner or later, someone is going to
ask why we’re doing
what we’re doing.”
   "This is why I don’t volunteer answers during teacher training.  You always get follow-up grilling to anything you say. And if I wanted that, I would have entered life as a cheese sandwich."
"You do know that's not an actual 'girl' in your phone, right?"

On Playing the Game:

On the New Teacher's Fresh-faced Take on Bureaucracy:

On Hearing Gary Morris' Voice for the First Time:

Gary Morris, new assistant principal

"I’m trying to decide if

our new assistant principal

sounds more like

Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie

or Gilbert Gottfried in…

whatever."

"It’s people making laws about education without knowing what it’s actually like in a classroom.  It would be like us trying to enact tort reform.”

"Look.  Just follow the directions I give and stop trying to

add your own!"

"Rowdiness?  Nothing beats a
room of teachers
reminiscing about their summer."
"After Morris is successful at getting rid of me, I think I'll go out and adopt a puppy to train with my free time."
talking on phones
“You go on believing in the system, Mitzi. If anything, your optimism might help all of us when we’re starting
to get down this year.”
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