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#7233

I’m getting bullied and sexually harassed by a student in my class. I’ve written him up several times, gotten security involved, and the principal had him write me an apology letter. While he was apologizing to me, he was laughing the whole time. I’ve been nothing but kind to this kid, buying him school supplies and books, calling him smart and encouraging him to do well. I am so over this disgusting school and wasting my talent and precious time on thugs.

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#7235

Me: This generation worries me.
7th Grade Girl: Generation? I thought we were mammals!
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Me: *labeling grammar in sentences about the gold rush on the board*
Another 7th Grade Girl: So, the Civil War was because slaves were taking all the gold for themselves?
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Me: *somehow makes a comment related to the war we have been fighting since 9/11*
7th Grade Students: *surprised to know we are at war, proceeds to freak out and ask if we are safe… in the middle of the landlocked corn belt of America (which they would likely assume is a fashion accessory*

I love my kids, but wow… just wow.

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#7232

I admit I’m a little disorganised. Just before report writing time, I couldn’t find an assessment from a student. I am not even sure if I didn’t chase it up enough from her, or whether she never wrote it. Nonetheless, I graded it. She passed.

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#7227

I’m a paraprofessional in an elementary school, and one of my students has a reading delay. She is in the fourth grade and will go to a new school in the fall (Our ele. schools are pre-k through 4th). I know she will fall even more behind at her new school and I have worked with middle schoolers who are illiterate. I believe if she attended an intense ELA summer school course she would be ok, but in my district summer school is the month of June only and the kids just have to show up to pass to the next grade.

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#7226

I love teaching, but this is only my second year and I’m not sure how long I can do this. The trauma my kids face is starting to affect me, too.

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#7215

I love teaching. I love my subject, my kids, and my school. But it’s getting so hard staying on top of the paperwork, grading, and detailed lesson plans. I’m so tired of feeling like I work all the time. I often find myself jealous of people who get to truly leave work at work and who only work 40 hours a week.

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#7217

Is it OK to be afraid of your students? because I am.
Every time I think about them I am very anxious.
I always tell myself that I am the grown up, I shouldn’t be worried at all, but the anxiousness will kill me one day.

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#7218

The school district I work for is so ridiculously soft. I get wanting kids to succeed, but I am pressured to make sure every student has a passing grade, I’m required to accept late work until the very last day of the term and sometimes beyond, and students get to retake any tests at any time. Not only does that cause way too many spinning plates for me to handle, but it’s not good at all for the kids. My kids are 8th and 9th grade and are actually realizing that they don’t have to do anything and the counselors and teachers will find a way to “make it so they pass.” Things like hiring a tutor who is pressured to give students test answers, etc. It’s dishonest, it’s terrible for the kids, and I feel like I can’t really have any rules or deadlines because they’ll be circumvented. I even have some good kids this year who realized it’s not good for their education and life.for school to be so easy, and they told me as much.
They’re soft on discipline as well, and it is really creating a toxic culture for everyone involved.

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#7219

My kids have Art for special and it is sometimes held in my room (yay! more glitter!). That day my 5th graders were working on a drawing assignment around Peace (we are a Catholic school). I decided to stay in the classroom during this activity to get some work done. One student refused to complete the project. After much prodding from the Art teacher, he still refused and said, “I left my imagination at home.”

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#7222

One of my really poor behaved boys rushed through his math paper. When he gave it to me I told him they were all wrong and I needed to explain it to him again. He ripped the paper out of my hand and said he could do it. Within 3 minutes he returns the paper, every answer was erased and on each answer line was the word Jesus. I asked him what that was about and he said, “The answer is Jesus, He is the only right answer.”

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