We all have days in our classrooms when we are less than 100%, not quite organized, not completely prepared for what we are doing. I've certainly had my share!
However, with that in mind, I am shocked at how unorganized and unprepared some teachers are for their day. I could never function with the lack of preparation and sense of order for the day that they seem to manage.
Beyond the obvious just being unorganized, I wonder how this impacts students and their learning. How can you, as a student, ever feel like you know what you are to learn, how you are to learn it, and how that learning is going to be judged/assessed, when you are in a classroom that flies by the seat of the teacher's pants?
Imagine coming to work each day, having no idea what tasks might be expected of you, the rules of the job changing day to day. Imagine that one day, it is OK to eat your lunch at your desk, but the next day, you have to eat in the cafeteria or be reprimanded. But the next day, the opposite is true. Imagine at today's staff meeting, you are berated for not contributing ideas to the discussion but at next week's meeting, you do contribute and are told to be quiet. Imagine your upcoming evaluation being based on how well you conform to those expectations.
Even worse, imagine being a new employee under this boss. References to events that happened before you were there are frequent and you are made to feel stupid because you weren't working there at the time and have no idea what the references mean.
I realize that we all operate our classrooms by our own standards, and I truly do not expect everyone to abide by "MY" standards. We are all changing and evolving as educators, trying to offer our students the best educational opportunities possible. But it seems incredibly unfair that incompetency is allowed to pervade education and reflect poorly on all.
In order to experience success at schools, students need structure, predictability, fairness and engagement. Classrooms without these in place are wasting students' time and energy and opportunity to learn.