As school starts, let's talk about a plan for our spontaneous anger. In case you are sure this won't come up...COME ON. You are going to be outraged this year, at least once. I will. (Ok, I already have been, but I'm a high achiever.) One of my kids will come home with a story about a teacher, administrator or policy that will appear so outrageously wrong that a small volcano will erupt in my chest and make the top of my head tingle. You might be serving in one or more roles when it happens--as a teacher, principal, parent, student, staff or board member--and it might be directed at someone else from this list. Or your dormant volcano may start rumbling over a policy or procedure that seemed to be created out of willful ignorance, or worse, disregard for kids. There may even be the distinct scent of your own self-righteousness in the smokey air. Been there, done that.
STOP HERE RIGHT NOW AND GET EXCITED. You have a plan for this. It's taped on the side of your fridge. You can't go wrong if you follow it. And if, also like me, this plan prevents you from making an a-double-s of yourself, burning bridges, embarrassing your children, or losing a golden opportunity to improve something for kids or adults in your school, why not give it a whirl when lava is threatening your peaceful world? Here it is in ten steps. It would be five, but we are really mad right now: