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|Thu, 10-30-2008 - 5:21pm|
I have a fellow English teacher who is a second-year teacher. She's doing a great job, but she seems to be having a difficult time with one particular class. My students and I can hear her constantly arguing with them, brow-beating them and commanding them to behave. Yesterday, she practically screamed at them. I know some of them are challenging students because I have some of them, too (they are what we call "freshmen repeaters"...technically sophomores but classified as freshmen because they failed too many classes last year). Yesterday was so bad, I finally put on some music just loud enough so my students wouldn't have to listen to the commotion in the other room.
This teacher often calls on me for advice and sees me as an unofficial mentor, and I feel like I should say something to her but I don't want to come across as accusatory or overstepping my boundaries. I also do not want her to feel incompetent. She really does do a great job, but it often sounds as if these students have gotten the upper hand in her classroom and she's trying to get it back. Any suggestions?