Help me suss this out, You Guys.
A month or so ago – I forget when, exactly – a former student contacted me about the possibility of my being her advisor for an independent study in English. She was interested in a class I taught the last year I was at CHS, and asked if I would be willing to offer her that class as an IS.
I can never say no to a student who wants to learn, but my response to this baby was something along the lines of, “I’ll absolutely do it, but there’s no way in hell you’re getting it past administrative approval.”
She sent me a text message today saying that she’s all set to go; she just needs to fill out the paperwork.
To say that I’m stunned is an understatement.
I have no idea what this arrangement entails. I’m making the assumption that I’ll just be a mentor for her as she works the program herself (though I will give her the course I designed for another student who took the class as an independent study last year, and I’m sure I’ll be providing her with most of the films and reading materials, as well). I can pretty much guarantee you that I won’t be paid for the work that I’ll do, but I don’t care about that; a kid asked me for my help and it’s within my power to give it to her, so she gets it whether I get paid or not.
Here are my questions to you; given that I was shown the door (though I have still yet to be told precisely why I was so unacceptable as to be dismissed), is there anything ethical about the school’s decision to okay my being a mentor for this student? Should I be confused about being fired in June, then being approved as a mentor in January? How should I approach this?