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#23956

Too many staff at my school have gotten concussions from kids this year. Many times they have that student back in class the next day. I wish someone would take a survey to see how many serious injuries happen to staff in special education schools. If you get hurt nothing happens. In the past, I have been choked and scratched open with a tack. Most students who have 1:1’s in their IEPs are without staff and the student to teacher ratio makes classrooms unsafe. This is one of the better schools unfortunately.

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#23958

One of the department chairs I work with on the leadership team is loved by the Principal. However, his objective as a leader is to give more work to his team, treat people with condescension, and he wears the same dirty jeans and a t-shirt to work every day. Am I missing something?

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#23966

I started teaching at a reputedly good school – but got offered a job to teach 6th grade rather than 1st grade – I hate it, the kids are defiant and rude and unkind, despite trying so hard with them. I am exhausted and depressed as I drive to school. I need the job. This is so not what I signed up for.

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#23972

My name is Linda DeCator and yes….it was time for me to retire from teaching after 40 years. My confession:. After teaching 8 years in 3rd grade I was feeling that I needed a change. So I went to my administrator. He told me that a Kindergarten room was open for the next coming fall. I was so excited!! I worked hours during the summer to get ready for my new position. The first week of school we had an important staff meeting in the morning. I left my back door open for my class just in case it rained. It looked quite dark outside but I was prepared!! I left a note on the outside of the door that I made sure wouldn’t fall…duct tape is awesome!! The sign said: If it rains come in and begin your assignments.”. Well, meeting done..I walked into my empty classroom wondering where my class was. …it was raining outdoors!! They had obediently lined up outside the door. And they were drenched!! I hurriedly ushered them in and asked them why they hadn’t read the sign that said, “Come In if it is raining.’ One cold,wet, shivering student spoke up and said that no one in his group could read. Of course they couldn’t read…they were Kindergartners ☹️ I called the principal’s office and reported what had happened. He was a gem and helped me call parents to bring dry clothing or pick up their distraught very wet child. Needless to say, that was my last year in a kindergarten class and was promoted to a 4th grade for the next year!

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#23954

Ever notice that the emails you get that are exactly-how-we-were-taught-to-avoid-being-confrontational are even worse than just plain confrontational ones?

How to spot:

I might be wrong, but…

I remember previously you said…

I think it’s in the best interest of the students for you to.,.

Can you give me more information about….? I think I got my information wrong.

Sorry to be a bother, but …

I hope this works for you…

……. I could go on! I hate these phrases! My other favorite is just starting with my first name instead of “hi Firstname” or the like… Immediately it feels confrontational and cold. UGH.

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#23882

I’m a second year teacher and the teachers I work with on the same grade level are all so depressing. I have no inspiration and no one wants to collaborate or smile. We have pretty good/fair admin and great morale in the building, but these teachers are all jaded and miserable. It’s draining and so dark and depressing. I wish I worked with another team.

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#23883

I am a student teacher who is in a very unique situation. I got hired mid-semester to be an Autism teacher in elementary public school. They were desperate for someone to come in, and my professor, who is also the supervisor for the education program, spoke well of me to them. So, I am still student teaching, but I am also THE teacher. This first week was extremely overwhelming. I have been so stressed out, I don’t know why I went for this position. Cried today during my very short lunch break. I feel like everything I have learned has disappeared. The poor students have been without a teacher for months. And here I am now having no idea their ability levels and so on. The para was picking up the pieces for months. I feel so lost and confused. I feel like an imposter. I know this is normal and special education is difficult, but I just want it to get better.

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#23855

I never came so close to swearing at a 6th grader until yesterday. I’m a band director, and I was telling students that they were excused from coming to their rotating small-group lessons if they were absent from school, had a test, or had resource room time. My 6th grader said, “Smart people don’t need to go to resource.” There are several band students who have resource room times. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. I didn’t yell. I simply said that while fooling around is against the rules and annoying as heck, meanness was absolutely unacceptable. I felt the teacher look on my face.

I have a background in special ed, both teaching and having a brother with autism. It added fuel to the fire. I’m just glad that I kept my cool in class.

I’m emailing admin and his mom today, because if I’d done it last night, I would not have expressed my anger rationally. I want to tell his mom that alone, but… I’m checking in with admin first.

Sigh.

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#23819

I work in an alternative education setting and yesterday I went to my second funeral in the past school year for one of my students who has committed suicide. Every day has been a struggle, so much so, that after only 9 years of teaching I am ready to call it quits. To be honest, the only reason I haven’t walked out yet is because of the students I have left, I know they need me, but how much more can one teacher, student, class, school take? We, like many schools in the nation, have a severe mental health crisis problem and no answers. I wish I had answers, I need answers!

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#23806

I work in an alt ed school, and it is an entirely different animal. A write-up gets you an automatic suspension. Too many physical altercations and you get kicked out. My colleague broke his finger while trying to stop a fight. A kid stole his cell phone today. I’ve been threatened regularly, but I am very lucky.

Some children do absolutely nothing, and it is literally impossible to force them to do anything. I have one class where the students pretend to be asleep the entire time. I attempt to wake them 5 times over 30 minutes; if they stay “asleep” they get 0 credit for the day. Since that happens I can’t really do any hands-on stuff, so I give lectures/presentations with videos about famous musicians. It makes me sick to be literally teaching exactly how I feel what music ed should NOT be. I have one “student” whose absenteeism is so rampant that I have met her TWICE since September (it’s February right now).

There’s literally nothing else I can do. I don’t get yelled at for it. I conferred with the other teachers and they understand and agree that I’m doing all I can. I’m hoping something sinks in by osmosis, but I have little hope.

I’m applying EVERYWHERE else. I can’t move away from the area, but I’m thinking that giving up my 5 minute commute for a job that has kids who actually participate might be worth it.

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