I've made many mistakes since starting as a new teacher on September 1st. Not knowing which classrooms to enter, misplacing books, folders, how to have a conversation with a student, a parent and generally working out how best to deliver a lesson have been learnt the hard way. This week, however, I made a mistake where I should have known better. I forgot to tell my kids about an exam. Before you all throw your hands up in the air, this is not a difficult mistake to make. The exams are constantly changed and moved around and this one is just a week after my seventh grades' delayed one. The exam was written by another teacher and I simply forgot to tell my class about it. Today, when I told them that they had an exam on Sunday, understandably there was uproar. Hands held high, its my mistake. I can tell you, my fellow confidantes that. But to the students? What is my excuse for not telling them? Do I need to give them one? The material is not hard, sure, but its definitely not fair. Should I admit my mistake and have hoardes of angry parents calling me (I still don't know how they get my number.) Obviously we are only human, but sometimes I feel that every one else expects us to be perfect, and if we make even the simplest mistakes, their faith in us, along with our credibility is destroyed. So what is the best solution here?