Thursday, February 09, 2006

Work Weary

I love being a teacher. I really love it. It is what I am meant to do. However, there are kids that come along and they simply suck the life out of me. X is such a child. He has loads of emotional problems, and while I feel compassion for him and his collection of issues, I just wish he would give me one day of peace this week.

X treats others in my class poorly - calling them names, threatening them, harrassing them on the playground. I counsel him over and over about his poor choices. He turns around and repeats the behavior. My principal and I have spoken with his parents. Our team of specialists is working with me to address these problems, and yet the situation just seems to be deteriorating. Today he spoke of some very morbid things in class and I had to stop my lesson and send him to the psychologist. It's just so draining.

If you know a teacher, he or she deals with things like this all the time. Be nice to them, please!

5 Comments:

  • At 7:00 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    I feel your pain! Although I am not a teacher, I have worked with children for the last 19 years. I currently run a before/after school childcare center at a private school. Difficult kids can take all the joy out of your job. It takes a very patient person to deal with kids like this day in and day out, and sometimes I just don't have the patience. Usually a cocktail and a good night's sleep helps me to get up and do it again tomorrow :)

     
  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Christi said…

    I'm with you Joannah! I just had SST's for two such kids this past week. Both have ADHD and tons of family issues. It really does take everything out of you. Thank goodness there are so many wonderful things about being a teacher so that we have the motivation to keep going each day.

     
  • At 9:21 AM, Blogger Kristin said…

    My brother in law had a mother write him a threatening note after he kept her son after school for tutoring... apparently, she didn't care if he failed math, but she did mind if he wasn't home at 3 to conduct "business" for her!

    The parents often seem to be at the root of these kid's terrible behaviour...

    Jack (my 7 year old) has a total bully in his class... the teacher and the staff really monitor this kid and do their best to keep him in line... but, he still manages to be a total little s**t. Fast forward to our school fundraiser last week and his mother decided she wanted a particular necklace so she bid and then HID the bid sheet so no one could out-bid her!!! After the auction she was bragging about it!!! However, since it was after the fact, and we don't know who would have counter-offered, she is going to get away with it! Big shocker that she is raising a creep... apple doesn't fall far from the tree and all that...

     
  • At 9:22 AM, Blogger Kristin said…

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  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Shannon S said…

    I hear you!! Sometimes it really takes effort to focus on the good you've seen during the day and the differences you've made. But they are there! Then again, TGIF!! =)

     

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