I’m Tired of Fighting
Posted by aphillieteacher on February 13, 2011
Battle #1 Before any lesson can start, I must battle students who are out of uniform, wearing a hoodie and/or carrying electronics.
Supposedly they don’t get into the building with that stuff, but all of us (especially the kids) know better. The people at the door with the metal detector don’t do their job.
In reaction to the situation which she let go on for the first half of the year, our Fearless Principal put out a bulletin warning the teachers that if a student was seen in class wearing any of the above items, the teacher would be written up.
Get where this is going? it is the teacher’s fault that
1 the student disobeys the rules and
2. administration didn’t take care of their end of things
So before I even begin a class I have a fight at the door. Some kids push right past me, others put up a long, drawn out debate asking why do I care, others just walk away and I put them down for cutting.
Battle #2Administration hates us and every week we have a new set of imperative directives that should have been implemented yesterday.
It’s an never-ending game of “gotcha.” Informal walk throughs have now expanded into mandatory daily check lists for Junior teachers.
Friday I got caught. For some unknown reason I was distracted (probably by an argument at the door) and forgot to update my objectives on the board. Students wearing all kinds of hoodies, etc were in the classroom because they pushed past me or took the hoodie out of their book bag and put it on *after* coming into the room.
Guess what? yup. Walk-through time. Haven’t seen the hateful write-up yet, but I’m sure it will be a doozy.