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#10028

Literally told a student today he was going to be the death of me. He said he would attend my funeral🤨 how kind! 🙄

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#10027

Our principal emailed my English department with next year’s schedule. It was disheartening to see I was the only one out of five not given an AP class—something I’ve really wanted to try and have told her about before. It’s my 7th year teaching, and I’ve been given the 9-10 regular English since I began. This same principal also essentially blamed me for the low test scores in English on the state test for last years 9th compared to their 8th grade scores. That would be because they’re two completely different tests and the majority told me they didn’t even try because they didn’t care about it. When I tried to open up to her about my anxiety disorder later in the year, her reply was, “We all have bad days and can’t just check out.”

Sure-because that’s how a diagnosed anxiety order that is triggered by stress and results in crippling panic attacks works.

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#10015

I work in the ASD cluster at my school and as I was giving out snack and juice the other day to a little girl she looked at me and said, “I no want CRAPPLEJUICE” I almost fell over laughing and will forever call Apple juice “CRAPPLEJUICE”!!

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#10013

I am dealing with HR AGAIN this year because of a parent complaint. This instantly looks bad for me as an educator. However, I have 19 years of teaching experience where I have had no parent complaint that had me sitting at home on paid administrative leave. What are the complaints? The first, “You compared my student to poop.” No, I absolutely did not. The second was a case of mistaken identity at recess duty where I asked the wrong foursome of students to sit out their recess. This was later resolved by the students’ classroom teacher who had the time, that I didn’t, to get to the bottom of the mistaken identity. However, one of those students went home and told a tale to their parent who wrote a 10 paragraph email lambasting me and my professional character. The parents go to HR and I am sent home while the situation is “investigated”. In my two decade long career I have seen the respect for teachers dissolve. There are always good kids, and supportive parents. However, there are so many kids with whom you can’t say anything to in terms of corrective language for a poor choice without that child running home to complain to their parent, who then comes at you with guns blazing….or worse, don’t even come to you, but will go straight to HR. Schools are a microcosm of society…..it’s not looking good, people.

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#10005

I am so mentally and physically exhausted and burned out right now. One more day until April vacation, and then the dreaded state testing! I’d love for the scores to plummet just to see everybody lose their shit, but then again, they’d be up my ass about it even more than this year. If that’s possible. Sometimes I hate my job.

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#10006

Nothing in SPED makes sense. SPED kids can interact with GenEd kids but GenEd kids can’t interact with SPED locations and kids??????????? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG????? Arn’t we suppose to “include” SPED kids with their GenEd peers and vice versa???????????? I am sick of this crap. My admin tells me one thing yet district promotes another idea. I am honestly sick of my Admin and their bull crap. They don’t care and they don’t want whats best for the kids. Sick of it yo just sick of it.

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#10003

A few years ago I go to the hair dresser for a cut. A few minutes into the cut I see the hairdressers expression change. As the hair falls onto the cover on my lap I see movement as little creepy crawlies jumping to freedom on the way to a new home. I can’t look the hair dresser in the eye the whole cut. I alternate between crying in shame and seething at the parents of the child who has giving nits for the third time this month as I wash my hair.

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#10004

I work with special ed kids. One of my kids struggles with transitions and she can get a bit physical. So when I get her off the bus one day she’s grabbing my shirt. Four buttons pop off the top of my shirt in the struggle. I walk with her to the classroom with one of her arms around my waist, holding hard other arm and holding my shirt closed with my free hand. All the staff laughing at me as I walk. I arrive to my classroom to find the ‘hot dad’ dropping off his son. He laughs as hard as everybody else as I drop off the child in the sensory corner, run into the store room and change into a very flattering paint shirt that hasn’t been washed in 2 terms. 😬

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#10000

A student asked me are you wearing makeup. I said yes. Then she said do you put makeup in your hair too? I never laughed so hard

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#9998

I had a mother yell at me and question my ability to teach when she took her son to the eye doctor, and he couldn’t tell the doctor any of the letters. She was fuming at me that he did not know his letters- which he absolutely does. I calmly suggested that perhaps he may just, I don’t know.. need glasses? Guess who came into school the next week with glasses? Did she apologize to me? No. Has she avoided me? YES. I work very hard to make sure my students know how to take responsibility for their actions, but sometimes it feels like I should be teaching the parents how to do that. I tell my students, “it’s ok to make mistakes, but you need to take responsibility for your actions!” – they do this quite well, their parents do not.

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