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#6425

I have a seventh grade boy who has horrible behavior problems. He constantly disrespects me, he put gum on the water fountain so it would spray everywhere, and he even called a girl in class a horrible name and told her to do things that I won’t repeat. Yet his parents worship the ground he walks on. When I disciplined him the other day, I got a scathing email from mom, accusing me of “bullying” and “targeting” her son. She said incredibly hurtful things, telling me that none of the kids like me as a teacher. She even went so far as to say that she has family in the last district I taught in and that “those kids didn’t like me either.” All because I didn’t let her son get away with his horrible behavior. I’m trying not to internalize the things she said to me, but man, that was a rough day.

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#6428

I came to this profession as a second career just 15 years ago, and I love my middle schoolers. But just let me teach them and help them grow to be good people rather than documenting and charting every frickin’ thing we do.

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#6429

I am so tired of being judged on my teaching skills based on standardized tests. I work in Utah, and I’m new to a district that is very proud of their state testing scores. I just got the results on the first district test back, and they’re not good. Now the principal wants to meet. I’m teaching the curriculum the district sets forth, and the students do well on in-class tests, but most of them bombed the district test. Looking over it, some of the questions require in-depth graph analysis, or major textual inference – none of which is covered in the district’s curriculum materials. I hate feeling like my job is on the line if students don’t pass a test I’m not supposed to see in advance, covering material that isn’t in the curriculum, and doesn’t go on their grade. I’ve been a teacher for 10 years, and I’ve never had to worry about test scores before. I have no idea what to do to help my kids do better, short of peeking at the next district test and ensuring we cover the questions. But that feels like cheating.

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#6430

First year teachers at my school given a supervising mentor to help get us ready for accreditation over our first 2 years. However, when your mentor never emails you, does 1 observation, gives 1 page of feedback, does no follow up how can I grow? Even better, 4 months into my teaching career all of a sudden my 1st year summary evaluation is due? How can my practise be evaluated by my mentor after 1 observation?

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#6398

I wanted to teach at least two more years, but I just could not face another day. I was always
given students with behavior problems, attendance problems and work completion problems. After years of this, burn out was inevitable. Administration was never supportive.

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#6391

TGIF, but I’ve got to wake up early tomorrow for Saturday School! I love my kids, but please don’t make me involuntarily spend Saturday with them. At my old school, you volunteered to teach Saturday Camp. This year at my new school, it’s mandatory. What’s worse is, I heard that once the tests get closer, we have them EVERY Saturday. Even though we get paid for our time, I think I’d seriously pay someone else if that meant I didn’t have to give up my Saturday. C’mon, y’all! Saturdays are sacred days for teachers!

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#6389

Five ARDs this week, and two on Monday. The first two ARDs, parents were a no show.

I’m an inclusion teacher. I’m brand new to the profession, only on my probationary year. I’m the only inclusion teacher at this school with a caseload of 24 students. I’m freaking exhausted.

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#6376

Sometimes, I wish my family could understand how unhappy I am as a teacher in my district. They expect me to go to work every day, even when I wake up crying my eyes out. They don’t understand that teachers need a break every now and then from burnout. I just wish I had someone who could comfort me on days like this, when I feel so alone, when June is so far away.

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#6386

Came in this morning around 8 AM and there is only one administrator in the entire building. Where are the others? What if something happens where they are all needed? This is such a joke.

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#6387

These past few weeks have been really hard. I have had to practically babysit kids and deal with students who are having extreme disciplinary and personal problems. It’s almost as if the majority of the staff doesn’t care about the kids and it really frustrates me. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one in my school who cares about the kids. I feed them, I counsel them, I give them advice so they don’t end up dead or in jail. I have had so many kids come to me in the past three months telling me how they are battling a drug addiction, in a gang, trying to avoid certain people to not be killed, trying to survive while being young and having a baby, the list goes on.

I know the kids love me and I love them, but really, why does everything have to be on me? The incompetence that I am seeing from the majority of the staff here is unbelievable. There is this one teacher that keeps asking me about how to this and that, and how to even deal with certain kids that they should know how to handle! So sad man….

I just hope and pray things get better. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for my job and my kids, but when adults you work with are incompetent and don’t care it makes things a hundred times worse.

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