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#16044

PSA: Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing things you hadn’t learned yet. You can do everything right and stuff can still go wrong. Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try.

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I am so frustrated with the education system and the Union. I just don’t get how some teachers/Admins are allowed to stay in their jobs! They are so brutal – it isn’t even funny! They are rude to students and staff members, they are not team players at all and people don’t want to be around them – yet they still keep their jobs! Ugh!

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I’m a special education para (aide) and I’m working on getting my teaching degree. I’ve been in a school for 5 years (including one year I even had to write lesson plans) and for all but three years, have had opportunities to be in chargr of the class on my own. I’m also 35, so I’m one of the para’s that looked down on because I should have already graduated college, but I’m too young to just be doing this in retirement. For the past two years (in two different school districts) I am being given no opportunities from my classroom teacher and at times being outright excluded or ignored. I ended up having to go to the restroom, cry, wash my face, and then apend two more weeks pretending like nothing happened when the classroom teacher marked me the lowest you can on everything on my evaluation. Now, I get I’m not perfect but I try my best, and she only gave me things to correct twice, the entire year, and I attempted to correct them. She also got on to me (and I do meam go on to, like she would one of the kids) for talking to loud. I’m haed if hearing and don’t know how loud I am, I try but a friendly signal and I’ll lower my voice. There’s also the fact that she can be way wwwaaaaayyyu louder then I am, and one of the times it was loud it was because I was having a panic attack. I have ptsd from childhood trauma and hate when people hold me after I’ve asked them.to let me go, especially males. One of our kids who was about 6 foot tall (I’m 5’2″) had me in a bear hug and would not let me go after repeated rewuest. He’s known to be violent when he’s mad, and again….ptsd. But I’m the one that needs to be quiet and thanks for the help….sorry my panic attack was so loud. I love my SpEd kids, but I can’t wait to go to GenEd and get my own room……if I even continue. I’m hoping I didn’t waste the last 5 years.

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Special education teachers don’t enough credit or respect for they do. I recall working at an alternative high school where I was a SPED teacher dealing with a gazillion things at once while trying to keep students on my caseload safe and alive. Did I get any thanks? No. Did admin award me anything? No. Did my SPED chair award me anything or show appreciation. No. These are the reasons why teachers leave SPED to go elsewhere or go into GenEd. SPED is honestly a thankless job and people don’t view you as a true teacher. Sad 😔

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Special education teachers don’t enough credit or respect for they do. I recall working at an alternative high school where I was a SPED teacher dealing with a gazillion things at once while trying to keep students on my caseload safe and alive. Did I get any thanks? No. Did admin award me anything? No. Did my SPED chair award me anything or show appreciation. No. These are the reasons why teachers leave SPED to go elsewhere or go into GenEd. SPED is honestly a thankless job and people don’t view you as a true teacher. Sad 😔

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I teach in an alternative-ed-special-ed program; this is the 2nd school of that type where I’ve worked. You never know what is going to be a trigger for what we call a “behavior” for the students. One time I required a student to say “please” and he was mad because I didn’t remind another student for the same thing (he had not seen that the previous student had signed “please” in ASL). No matter how much I tried to explain it, it was too late, because he had already shut down. I’ve had another student (8yo) try to take me down because I took away his keychain and told him he could have it back at the end of class. Thought it was weird until someone told me that he comes from a background where he has to literally fight for everything he has. So something as inconsequential as a keychain being taken from him triggers that response.

Another time I saw a student getting ready to swing a chair at another student. I stepped in between because I’m a moron. Didn’t get hurt, but learned a lot. The student holding the chair (14yo) had so much hate, anguish, fear, and pain in his eyes all at once. I’ve never seen a look like that and I never want to again. Since then I’ve developed a rapport with this young man and have found him to be a bright, funny, but guarded person. It turns out he is in that school because he had assaulted multiple students in his old school and brought a knife several times. I’m glad I didn’t know that before I got to know him.

Sometimes we don’t know the background of our kiddos; sometimes it explains a lot, and sometimes it’s beneficial NOT to know. Delicate balance.

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Background: we had a field trip to a bowling alley to demonstrate math concepts. While standing and watching the kids bowl, a sweet group of students walked up with horrified looks on their faces. I inquired what was wrong and this was the response. Ms. R…., B…..just cussed us out. All we asked was “did you just lick that bowling ball”. I thought I would fall down from laughing, of course that was after I dealt with the situation. As I sit and read all the responses on this site I am saddened by how much we go through and how it seems to be universal. I am trying to hang on and stay positive until retirement……hugs to all teachers.

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I had a student walk with scissors in her mouth. Her parent said “well, no one ever told her not to do that, so she didn’t know!” Really??? How do you make it to elementary school and not know this. It’s not preschool or kindergarten, we are talking about 8 years old. Parents don’t sit and do things with their children anymore. It’s sad, they hand them a device and want to be left alone.

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I love it when a colleague shows you that they discipline kids the same way you do. Today a colleague told one of our students who acts entitled and like a brat to shut his mouth and that he would’t take disrespect from a 13 year old. Love it.

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At a staff meeting teacher were told to email our principal if we needed bells to ring or not ring in our rooms and at what times. Fine!
My exact email “I need the bells in my room to not ring at 11:30 and ring at 11:55.”
Minutes later my principal showed up in my room. “You seem frustrated?” “Huh?” I replied. “I got your email about the bells and you didn’t say please.”
Really?

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