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#36749

My principal passed me in the hallway and asked who I was subbing for.
I have taught at the school for 5 years-all under his administration.

The resentment and frustration is real.

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#36581

I am very grateful for where I am now in my career. Last year I worked at a middle school where the admin and staff treated me like a dog and saw me as bottom of the barrel scum. I almost lost my sanity and my teaching spirit was almost to the point of being destroyed. Thankfully, by the grace of God, I was able to transfer out to a high school that I felt called to and things have been 1000 times better since. My administrator at my new school just gave me an awesome evaluation that I passed with flying colors. I was given high marks and comments on my ability to collaborate with fellow colleagues and support students. At the middle school, I just got on my evaluation: “oh yeah, you ‘meet’ all these standards and… yeah… we have nothing to say about you.”
I am so thankful I got away from that middle school 🙄

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#34112

My principal tried to force us to teach remedial classes for failing students. We’re a hybrid model where we’re expected to teach both in class and virtual at the same time. She also broke quarantine and returned to work because she had “someone check cameras” and claims she wasn’t around the POSITIVE colleague for the cumulative 15 min. Side note: She started quarantine when we asked as a collective to meet with her about her decision on adding remedial classes on top of our regular duties.

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#34060

“The result is that parents are often tired, frayed around the edges, with lots of repressed anger, and they don’t have the patience to take a deeper look at what’s going on with their kids. ” — I saw this in an article I read after receiving a very choice worded e-mail from a parent who was MAD AT ME for not knowing which of her lovely children was in my class (she provided no names, and incidentally, I found out all her children have different last names than her). I gave her a simple way to find out for herself, and she shot back a nasty e-mail about how I needed to answer any question she has. I just wondered why people think that teachers don’t have children, too? Parents are often touted as having two jobs, or being single parents–ALERT! ALERT! The same thing happens to single TEACHING parents too—and then they have to worry about you not knowing which classes your own kids have?? Buck up a little please parents! They’re YOUR kiddos!

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#33727

My class wrote the National level grade 10 exam in 2020. Nobody had any hope that all of my kids would clear the exams. You see, my class had the status of ” the class with the most cases of behavioral and academic issues”. Mine was an inclusive class. I kept telling my kids throughout the year that even if no one believed in them, I did. I cried when I saw 4 of my kids on school toppers list (out of 9) and, the best part, one of my dyslexic kids was a topper in one subject!

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#33596

I have a student in my class with autism. He struggles a lot with being social & virtual schooling has been super tough on him. All year I haven’t been able to get him to talk on google meet but the past week he’s been engaged in my lessons & talking to everyone! When we were all logging off today he unmuted his mic to tell me he loved me before he left. Yes, I cried.

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#33598

I have zero students with an F this semester. I was able to adapt my lessons to online learning based on the spring semester and I’ve had great success. Even virtual the kids look forward to my class.

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#33603

A few years ago, I had an autistic student in my gr. 8 class. He was very young for his age, and would get upset when overwhelmed. Fast forward a few months, and this student started coming out of his shell. By the end of the school year, his hand was always up to participate in math class. And I don’t mean a half-hearted hand up. It was like Arnold Horshack/Hermione Granger level enthusiasm. His mom told me after that he wanted to become a math teacher after being in my class. When he moved on to gr. 9, I found out he joined student council. He came such a long way in such a short time. I’ll always have a soft spot for him.

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#33607

Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
Yes, I still eat the treats my students make for me.

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#33595

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has left a lesson thinking “that was a f***ING disaster”
It can’t be just me

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