Day late and a dollar short

My mom always used this expression when something finally happened after repeated requests, but it was too late to change her course of action.

Those words went through my mind today as I co-taught a lesson that my coworker decided to use as her opportunity to be be formally observed. (I’d already completed my mandatory observation.) We hit this one out of the park! The administrator stayed the entire time and came back a few minutes later to ask questions of the kids about what they’d done and learned. It was pretty clear that she was impressed by what she’d seen. Finally, the administrator who’s really running the show sees the impact I can have on student learning if given the opportunity to do so! Perhaps some things will change like I’ve repeatedly requested, but it’s a day late and dollar short.

I had a very frank conversation with my library supervisor this afternoon about the lack of support. She offered encouragement, listened and relayed similar concerns raised by some of my colleagues elsewhere in the district. She also shared that she expects a much higher than normal exodus at the end of the school year and steps she’s taking to mitigate that for my particular job classification. That’s all well and good, but again, it’s a day late and a dollar short. Where was the support when I reached out earlier?

There’s definitely a difference in work ethic between Gen X and Get Z. Employers are really going to miss us when the last of the Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers decide they’re tired of working so hard to support those who prefer to sit home or put in little effort, but want all of the reward.