Respect is Expected from Teachers, Also! — We Were Meant to be Teachers!

I’ve shared this post from J. Jenkins earlier this year but I believe it’s worth re-posting. Why? Because I’ve heard teachers hollering at their students again! We hear even today of a teacher who has “lost it” and berates a student in front of his/her peers and gets featured on local TV. Is there a […]

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This is why I’ve made it a habit when I feel myself getting to the “blow-up” point of stepping back, closing my eyes and taking several deep breaths before speaking and when I speak I do so in a purposely quiet voice. It keeps me from yelling and it also is a great clue to my students that my frustration level is high and it’s time to stop whatever it is they’re doing. I’ll often hear the students as my eyes are closed say to one another “guys shhh she’s mad.” Some students don’t know what respect is and what it should look like as they don’t see it at home so they need us to model it for them. This is not to say I never lose my top and yell at students or my own child but I will step back and apologize afterwards for losing my temper and explain what led to that level of frustration. It’s just part of a teacher’s job.

 

My stress level is through the roof right now

We’re getting ready to move, and it was a sudden thing so I’m trying to get all of the utility and insurance stuff worked out in my small amounts of plan time.  There is all school computerized testing occurring in my district right now, in my building that means I’m traveling to classrooms while teachers use my room/computer lab for the testing.  This wouldn’t be so bad except there are almost daily changes to the testing schedule due to teachers not checking their plan books when they sign up for testing.  I then have to notify grade levels every day of the changes meaning some of them have to move their PLC meetings, some have to find somewhere else to get their planning done, and I have to let the others specials teachers know bc the music teacher has to adjust her lessons as we share a wall and she has to keep her classes quiet during testing.  The PE teachers have to know where to meet me between our classes.  I’m just worn out, my shoulders are tight from stress, and I feel like screaming or tearing my hair out.  I know none of this is done on purpose but it’s still so incredibly frustrating.  One more week of testing hopefully it will go better than this week but we’ll see.

One of my biggest pet peeves

I’ve faced this more times than I can count in the past few weeks alone.  I e-mail others to let them know of a change in schedule that effects them and not only get no response which I realize has become standard though it would be nice, students/classes show up when I can’t work with them or in a place where I am not.

It’s just so frustrating when I make a point of letting people know of the change and they don’t acknowledge the change or write it down or something.  I understand when it’s a last minute change but when I let you know a week in advance please pay attention to that.

I know in the past I have been guilty of this myself so I try to be extra diligent about letting others know about changes and making sure I note changes in my plan book.

How to Break a Teacher

There is just so much truth here. Every parent, teacher, administrator, just everyone should read this because we should be doing all we can to keep our teachers from being broken down. I’ve seen it happen to some wonderful teachers. I’ve broken a few times in my career, being stubborn or maybe glutton for punishment or in reality just that committed to my calling, and yes I wholeheartedly believe teaching is a calling, I keep coming back for me.

A 21st Century Cynic

I know teachers who’ve been broken.  I’ve witnessed the breaking of teachers as it happened.  As a teacher, I myself was broken.  How did, and does, this happen?

When preparing to write this blog I had a clear choice to make.  I could take the affirmative line (how to build up a teacher) or I could take my more customarily negative approach.  As you can tell from the title, I’ve opted for the latter.  This is not simply because I am a negative person.  It is because there is absolutely NO urgency in discussing or learning how to “build up” a teacher.  On the other hand, there should be a great sense of urgency, on the part of education “professionals,” to prevent the breaking of a fellow “professional.”  If only this were the case…

Before I go any further, I should probably explain what I mean by “broken teacher.”  I am not…

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