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#13264

I had been a teacher of this 5th grade for only three months when I called a girl’s dad to talk to him about his daughter’s missing homework and bad behavior. He called me the “worst English teacher his daughter has ever had” (for a 5th grader in Germany, I would have been only the second English teacher his daughter could have possibly ever had) and he would right away complain about me at the state’s schoolboard. I was so annoyed that I just said: “Go on, try it – it’s impossible to get someone on the phone there anyway.”

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#13263

I was a teacher for 21 years and towards the end I was singled out by the principal for harrassment. My absenteeism was extremely high and the principal apparently felt that it was time to get rid of me. I had multiple health issues and when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I took time to care for her. When I returned to school after her death, the principal would write me up for things such as my room was too dark to create a positive learning environmrent, my room was not very well decorated for a high school classroom, one of the classes I taught in the morning had an example during discussion that an afternoon class didn’t have, two students out of twenty six were off task, my students didn’t respect me and I had no repoire with them, the objectives that I had on the board were not written exactly as they were in my lesson planner, students weren’t able to recite the objectives without looking at the board, a ten question quiz had nine content oriented questions and only one analytical one, the principal added that he had no idea how I was going to build repoire and gain my students’ respect when I was standing in the hallway during passing times and so on and so forth. One morning I got to my classroom and found that the principal had gone to my room the night before and took all of my papers. He went so far as to take my seating charts and recyclable paper as well. I had to spend my free time in his office to get my papers back one assignment at a time. We had been working on a research project, so when I sent kids to the office to get their papers, I was reprimanded and told to quit sending students to get their papers back. The teacher evaluations were filled with comments that had nothing to do with teaching. On the last day of school I was told that I was going to be teaching seventh and eighth grade classes instead of my usual eleventh and twelfth grade classes. Two months later I had a heart attack. I was contacted by the school and was told that I could resign at the next school board meeting and be given five years of health insurance or be fired and receive nothing. My love of teaching ended then and there. It wasn’t the students that caused the problems. It was the administration. I thought teachers and administrators were supposed to work together for the benefit of the students. Apparently I was sadly mistaken.

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#13259

I am currently a student teacher in 12th grade English and I just got my first job offer. I graduate this December. Yes! Now all I have to do is survive edTPA. The BIG one!

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#13254

I’m sorry. Today I was a sub and I just barely checked on the students to see if they were working on the assignment.

But they didn’t fight AND they mostly worked on the assignment.

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#13244

I am having trouble with a fellow teacher. She has bullied some of my students and has told other that I am not a real teacher. I feel I am a very real Special Ed Teacher. I teach 5th grades thru 8th grades. This person has even told some of my students to not ask me to help them on their math homework. I was a math teacher for 5 years and am now a reading/ English teacher. I have gone to the principle and he has said she is who she is and has done nothing to stop it. At times my students are concerned for my well being when she is around. I have been moved to another building and now she is attacking my friend, a fellow teacher. What
else can I do but endure it.

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#13246

Confronted a student about a plagiarized paper, which of course he denied. Asked where he was from, his reply: ‘South Florida, Professor.” So… in South FL we spell spell ‘behaviour’ and ‘colour’ as the British do. Still, he denied he copied a paper from google.webmd.com.anotherstudentfromEngland…. etc… (junior college nursing student, by the way). He attempted to appeal his F and is now repeating my course with a new British accent. Well-played, William… well-played

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#13243

I got a new student. He was tall and slender and a student from the office accompanied him to my classroom. I asked his name. He replied “name Tony”. I asked where he had been in school prior to coming to our school. His response was “name Tony”. I asked if he spoke English and he responded “ name Tony”. Later that period he raised his hand and said something in Mandarin. I shrugged to let him know that I didn’t understand. He stood up and started to unzip his pants. I quickly gave him the two armed wave toward the bathroom. Fortunately this was the end of the day. I went to the office after school and asked what I had done to anger them!

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#13238

Middle school students are notorious for drawing anatomical pictures on, well, everything. One day I found a penis drawn on one of my group boards. I showed it to every class and said, “If you drew this on my board, I suggest you see a doctor because this penis doesn’t look healthy.” One of the students asked, “What if a girl drew it?” I said, “Then she better invest in art lessons because this isn’t correct.” I have not had any students draw penises since that day.

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#13237

This just happened. I teach visual arts for grade k-5. My lesson with my first graders went wonderful, from the introduction including a literacy and science connection, to the completion of bright and colorful paintings after two class periods of time for the children to finish their masterpieces. The last painting was put onto the drying rack with still a good 15 minutes of time before their regular classroom teacher would pick them up. I normally have art books, drawing books and other art activities for early finishers, and some children were choosing which station to go to,. I also had music playing on the whiteboard with an autumn theme from youtube (it was the first week of November) when a song came on for children called the turkey dance. Some students cheered and started to follow the dance steps, and in the spirit, I joined them sporting my “turkey wings” and dancing along. In walks my principal with her laptop for an unannounced observation. Students are dancing, or scattered around the room doing individual choices and I’m singing and dancing like a turkey! My principal sat down with a bewildered look at what must have looked like chaos and a teacher needing a mental check up and started typing away. After a few minutes, she left without a word. I haven’t yet met with her for my post observation.

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#13232

I am retiring after 34 years of teaching so that I can go while I still love the children. This generation of students has more opportunities than any before them, but sadly suffer from neglect. They are fed, clothed, and provided with more than the basics needed for life. Still too many are arriving having been raised by being handed electronics instead of guided to interact appropriately. Children need to be loved enough to learn how to converse with people, to take turns, to have empathy, and to handle being told no.

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