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Not sure how much longer I can do this.
Old 01-29-2019, 01:22 PM
 
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I was looking at one venting post, and the poor teacher mentioned something about paddling. While that, in itself, could be a whole separate issue, I don't think the teacher meant for that to be the intended topic.

Too many of us have been teaching a long enough time to remember when it was fun, and when the students knew what consequences were. Now, besides teaching reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, we're now having to teach social and emotional learning because homes aren't doing it.


At my school, and at others, we're (classroom teachers) encouraged to develop a 'calming corner'. And when a student shouts obscenities about faculty (and I'm talking about a 2nd grader) they're taken out, but have been brought back in about a half hour. A young colleague of mine was
hit and kicked, and had a chair thrown at her, but once again, this child was allowed to come back into the classroom on the same day.

I honestly don't know what the answer is, but my kids all grew up in this district and I never felt the discipline/consequences given to them or any of their peers was out of line.

I'm not sure about any of you but we're not even told why we're taking, what most people would find, as a soft approach to discipline. I have three kids and one was spanked every so often because time outs didn't work for her. I'm proud to say she didn't go out and beat anyone up because of aggression and even went on to graduate from college with degree in criminal justice. She worked at a juvenile detention center where kids earned their time to be released, but she noticed a trend of them coming back and she often remarked it was because they felt safe with the boundaries they were given in the center, whereas when they were out on their own, they couldn't adhere to their choices.


Many of us are leaving the field because it's now more pressure, and that's just sad. With what's going on with the behavior issue, we're also supposed to be helping them raise their scores or else we're put on action plans and possibly let go.


Like I said, I don't have all the answers but I saw what it used to be like and how much fun I used to have. Now I resent all the work I take home, and I don't want to get out of bed in the mornings because of knots in my stomach. I see so many of my colleague fed up but they feel they're stuck and won't have any other place to go.


Any advice on what careers a former teacher could work at???


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