In a frustrating scenario for Year 5 classroom teacher, Ms Bianca Daniels, the same parent has booked the last parent teacher interview slot yet again.
The booking by Lynette Clarke means Ms Daniels will conclude her penultimate interview at 5.30pm and then have to sit around waiting at school until 7.45pm for Lynette’s time-slot. The parent in question is well-known for inconvenient bookings, explains Ms Daniels. ‘Jacqui Kenny, who taught Lynette’s daughter last year, warned me. And sure enough, during term one interviews she booked the very last slot. Despite me giving her a call saying it was an hour and a half after my last interview and offering to come in before school or to do an interview immediately after school another day, Lynette stood firm and said she wanted that time.
And she doesn’t even need a late interview. Lynette doesn’t work, her daughter is an only child, her husband never comes with her and her daughter’s progress and behaviour are exemplary.
Parents are able to book their fifteen minute time-slot through Everyday P-12 School’s website. Available fifteen minute slots appear on the screen in blue while slots that have been booked by others are coloured red. ‘Lynette could see taking the last slot would mean a much longer day for me,’ said Ms Daniels. ‘And she doesn’t even need a late interview. Lynette doesn’t work, her daughter is an only child, her husband never comes with her and her daughter’s progress and behaviour are exemplary.’
Ms Jacqui Kenny has an opinion on the theory behind Lynette’s behaviour. ‘She thinks if she books an earlier slot another parent may book the time immediately after hers. That would mean she isn’t able to blabber on past her fifteen minutes of allocated time. Lynette tries to turn a fifteen minute interview into an hour long celebration of how wonderful her daughter is.’
Once made aware of this theory, Ms Daniels stated her thoughts. ‘I’m not even going to be polite and pretend I have a phone call or ask someone to call me over the PA to finish the interview. Everything in my classroom will be packed up so I can be out the door at one second past eight o’clock. All the lights will be off except one row, the computers will be shut down and every chair except the two used in the interview will be up on the tables. I’ll walk out mid-sentence if the clock ticks past eight.’
I’ll walk out mid-sentence if the clock ticks past eight.