Today I got a letter from my school district warning me that my teaching credential expires in 1 week and that I need to get hot on getting it renewed. Since it takes 2 weeks to renew, I'll have to go fill out a request of a temporary credential and have a negative comment noted on my evaluation in the Professional Responsibilities category.
Of course this letter prompted a few questions.
1. If the district can (and in fact does!) track this, why don't they send me an email a month or so before my credential expires? They obviously keep better track of this than I do, as I thought I had another year on this credential.
2. I love the evaluation dig. I'm forced to wonder how professional it is for them to watch me get this close to not having a credential, only to warn me past a reasonable time. Would they have me treat a student that way, perhaps on a timed test--watch the student screw up a problem, and then when there's 1 minute left until the bell rings, point out the error?
3. Am I really unprofessional for not knowing when my once-in-5-years credential expires? Quick, when does your drivers license expire? The DMV sends me notices--well in advance!--each year, so that my car's registration is always up to date, and every 4 years or so they send me one about my drivers license. The county sends me a notice about my property taxes well in advance of the due date each year. Hm, I wonder why these agencies do this, but it's too much effort to expect my school district to send me an email a few weeks in advance.
I'm not trying to shed responsibility here. I know that it's my credential and that I must have it renewed. I'm disappointed, though, that my school district chooses to needle and threaten rather than remind and assist.