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#13254

I’m sorry. Today I was a sub and I just barely checked on the students to see if they were working on the assignment.

But they didn’t fight AND they mostly worked on the assignment.

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#13244

I am having trouble with a fellow teacher. She has bullied some of my students and has told other that I am not a real teacher. I feel I am a very real Special Ed Teacher. I teach 5th grades thru 8th grades. This person has even told some of my students to not ask me to help them on their math homework. I was a math teacher for 5 years and am now a reading/ English teacher. I have gone to the principle and he has said she is who she is and has done nothing to stop it. At times my students are concerned for my well being when she is around. I have been moved to another building and now she is attacking my friend, a fellow teacher. What
else can I do but endure it.

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#13246

Confronted a student about a plagiarized paper, which of course he denied. Asked where he was from, his reply: ‘South Florida, Professor.” So… in South FL we spell spell ‘behaviour’ and ‘colour’ as the British do. Still, he denied he copied a paper from google.webmd.com.anotherstudentfromEngland…. etc… (junior college nursing student, by the way). He attempted to appeal his F and is now repeating my course with a new British accent. Well-played, William… well-played

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#13243

I got a new student. He was tall and slender and a student from the office accompanied him to my classroom. I asked his name. He replied “name Tony”. I asked where he had been in school prior to coming to our school. His response was “name Tony”. I asked if he spoke English and he responded “ name Tony”. Later that period he raised his hand and said something in Mandarin. I shrugged to let him know that I didn’t understand. He stood up and started to unzip his pants. I quickly gave him the two armed wave toward the bathroom. Fortunately this was the end of the day. I went to the office after school and asked what I had done to anger them!

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#13238

Middle school students are notorious for drawing anatomical pictures on, well, everything. One day I found a penis drawn on one of my group boards. I showed it to every class and said, “If you drew this on my board, I suggest you see a doctor because this penis doesn’t look healthy.” One of the students asked, “What if a girl drew it?” I said, “Then she better invest in art lessons because this isn’t correct.” I have not had any students draw penises since that day.

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#13237

This just happened. I teach visual arts for grade k-5. My lesson with my first graders went wonderful, from the introduction including a literacy and science connection, to the completion of bright and colorful paintings after two class periods of time for the children to finish their masterpieces. The last painting was put onto the drying rack with still a good 15 minutes of time before their regular classroom teacher would pick them up. I normally have art books, drawing books and other art activities for early finishers, and some children were choosing which station to go to,. I also had music playing on the whiteboard with an autumn theme from youtube (it was the first week of November) when a song came on for children called the turkey dance. Some students cheered and started to follow the dance steps, and in the spirit, I joined them sporting my “turkey wings” and dancing along. In walks my principal with her laptop for an unannounced observation. Students are dancing, or scattered around the room doing individual choices and I’m singing and dancing like a turkey! My principal sat down with a bewildered look at what must have looked like chaos and a teacher needing a mental check up and started typing away. After a few minutes, she left without a word. I haven’t yet met with her for my post observation.

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#13232

I am retiring after 34 years of teaching so that I can go while I still love the children. This generation of students has more opportunities than any before them, but sadly suffer from neglect. They are fed, clothed, and provided with more than the basics needed for life. Still too many are arriving having been raised by being handed electronics instead of guided to interact appropriately. Children need to be loved enough to learn how to converse with people, to take turns, to have empathy, and to handle being told no.

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#13229

My 16-yo student refused to take out his headphones and hand over his cell phone he was playing on. When I insisted and wouldn’t want to leave his desk, he wanted to take this issue outside and punch me in the face.

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#13227

I confess that my 5th grade math class — never once cracked open the school textbook! One chapter only had 6 actual problems in it— I checked their work binders and we had done over 50 problems while learning the material!

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#13225

In my first year of first grade after a lot of years in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. On the Friday after the Halloween party, my notorious angry mom called in because her son didn’t end the day with a sticker, due to the music teacher giving him and another student a consequence for shenanigans in his class. The call came in to the office after school, and I went in and answered. I had to hold the receiver away from my ear to avoid that ringing sound that your eardrums use to warn you that too much of a bad thing is too much. She couldn’t believe that people “in that school” wouldn’t notify her immediately for every misstep her son took throughout the day. I reminded her that her son had many chances to move back up to a sticker worthy day, so calling her every time he moved up or down really isn’t necessary. She told me I needed to go back to college if I couldn’t keep her son away from another student (remember that class, guys? Keeping two students away from each other in music class when you aren’t there 101?). She then demanded that I tell the principal to call her so she could meet with me about this (no need – she was on speaker at this point and the principal was right there with me). “Okay m’am. But when does it come down to your child and the choices that he is making?” Yes, friends, I actually asked this angry person who was blaming me, the music teacher, the other kid, the school, and the world that exact question. After more yelling on her part and what can only be expressed as God’s arms around me filling me with patience, I ended the call with, “Have a great weekend.” I spent Sunday night dreaming about writing her a letter that I’d take into the meeting asking her to ask me about his spelling tests that he keeps failing, or his math tests that he keeps failing, and how she could help him at home, instead of yelling at me about his interactions with other students during music, art, and the like. But guess what? After all of the yelling, all the insults, and all the tossing and turning on my part, she didn’t set up that meeting. Go figure.

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