YAY!! I found you guys!!

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YAY!! I found you guys!!
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Tue, 06-08-2004 - 6:02pm
I didn't know this board still existed. Okay, I am gonna mark it to my favorites and I will be chatting more tomorrow. Got so much to say, oh man!! Love ya ladies.

GT33 who is so happy she found another teacher board. *dancing a jig* right now.

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Wed, 06-09-2004 - 8:08am
Welcome..this is a cool board!

D

Middle School English Teacher

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Wed, 06-09-2004 - 6:04pm
Alright, it's tomorrow so here's my post. What are people teaching their kids?? I am so fed up. I know it's the end of the year, but I am telling you something has to be done about the extreme verbal and physical abuse that these kids heap on each other and on teachers. I thought zero tolerance was a silly policy, but now I am wishing that we had it at our school. Too many students her who don't want to learn. It SUCKS!! I just don't know if I am cut out for this. My certification is up for renewal next year, I am going to take the classes to renew, but I think I just might do, Title One or Reading Resource, cause being in a classroom ain't for me anymore. I am just so sick of it. Okay, done with the negative energy. Take care and thanks for reading.

GT33 who is seriously considering getting out before I lose the passion.

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 8:27am

I am so sorry you have ahad a rough year! I see the abuse you where talking about at home from my oldest son. He is just verbally mean. We had a talk about it and how I wont accept it in my house(he is 14) and he told me that that is how they talk to each other at school! I was floored. I told him that if they where really his friends they wouldnt do that to him! He said they all do it to each other. I guess that has to say something about self esteem if you make yourself feel better by putting everyone else down! really sad! I hope that you find a place where you can still contribute.


Roma

Roma


Mom to Ds(13) dd(11) & Jayne (2 years old)


I can do anything for 15 minutes!!!


Have a wonderful day!

Mom to DS(14),DD(12)&Jayne (2yrs 10mths)

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Mon, 06-14-2004 - 6:07pm

Hi, Donna and group!

Sherry

 

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Mon, 06-14-2004 - 6:13pm

Hey, GT! Glad you found Teacher's Circle!


I once moved from the regular classroom to Title I to reduce the pressure.

Sherry

 

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Wed, 06-16-2004 - 5:24pm
Hey you!!! I am trying very HARD not to give up on "MY KIDS" (I think you know what I mean) but wooohoooo, if I get called one more name or break up another fight over who's looking at who, MAN!! Too much has been allowed to go on at this school and now finally the tables are turning but the kids are just too much.

I mean the parents don't pick them up on time. They hardly ever have school supplies. They come in dirty uniforms all the time. I have to stay on them about doing homework. The parents don't volunteer enough. The kids don't read enough at home. They have been at this particular school for years and have made little or no progress. It's taxing to say the least.

I want to hang in there and "fight the good fight." I want to be with the group that needs me the most. I am trying to be loyal, but I am not Christ. I can't bear the weight and punishment of the sins of others. The children I work with have issues so deeply rooted in self hatred. anger and defiance, it would just make your head spin.

Well, it's finally over. I will just pray that next year is better. Title One is a serious option I am looking into.

GT33 who is not feeling so great today. UGH!!

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 8:44am
Just wanted to co-miserate....

I taught ten years in a wonderful suburban district. Then stayed home for five on "maternity leave" before returning to teaching full time the year my daughter was in first grade. After two full time years, I am questioning myself, all those successful years, and whether I can handle this for the rest of my career without affecting my health, or having a nervous break down.

My re-hiring was in an urban environment, and very much like what you describe. The kids are so MEAN to eachother, to me. I end up being totally not myself just to keep a basic order in the room -- and then I can't teach because so much enery goes into making sure no one gets hurt.

Compound this by the fact that I am the music teacher - and only part time in this building. So, I found myself without many of the consequences that might be useful for a regular classroom teacher with more contact, that takes them out to recess, etc.

I am looking to move elsewhere - but don't know how likely that is given my age/years of experience, geographical limitations due to husband's job, daughter's school, etc.

This has been an incredible eye opener for me. Like you say - I accepted this job thinking this was a place where I was needed, where I could do some good. But, I simply am not willing to take the abuse anymore.

And I find myself very angry with the kids, for taking a job that I LOVED, and turning into something that I dread going in for each day. I know, of course, that this is not the right attitude to be going in with - and what helped me know for sure that I had to at least try to move to another district with different kids.

Sara

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Fri, 06-18-2004 - 4:41pm
I don't know what to tell you cause I don't know what to tell myself. I mean I have discipline in my classroom, I do. We have rules that we follow and I REQUIRE excellence from my students. As tough as my classroom was this year, I HAD THE BEST BEHAVED AND MOST PRODUCTIVE kids in the school. I saw or met with ALL of my parents at least 3 times during the school year. Every parent I have spoken to is highly receptive of suggestions and comments on how to help their students improve.

I did have issue with the GIRLS in my class being total MEANIES (there is another 5 letter word I wanna use, but it wouldn't be appropriate) to each other, but I had 2 fights this year and the other classes had about 2 a week.

My students gained a year of instruction and improved greatly on test scores. I had good colleagues who were very open to suggestion and helpful.

It is the OTHER classes that affected my class. Other studens walking by my door, tearing my things off the wall. Calling me names and I didn't even know them. High levels of absenteeism, lack of motivation, high levels of theft, destruction of property. I could go on for days.

I don't make that much money and to have to come to work everyday and be mistreated by other students and then have little or no discipline action taken by the administration, ooohhh maaaannn!!! It's too much.

I love the act of "teaching" I love opening up a young person's mind to a new idea. It's the best feeling in the world. I just can't take the verbal abuse anymore. I suffered through TONS of that crap as a kid and as an adult, I have a choice and I won't be insulted anymore.

So I must chose to speak up about it (which I have) or find another place to go. I have spoken to the administrators about it and they SWEAR it will be dealt with, so we will see.

GT33