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I'm posting a lot but tomorrow is getting me worried
Old 02-20-2020, 06:38 PM
 
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Last week Friday had me in major tears but it didn't happen until I left the school. I was talking to a co-worker about how I just don't want that to happen again and she started talking about how she doesn't get any sleep and that kind of added to the stress (lesson learned, she's well-meaning but kind of causes me to stress out even more).

The kids I see on Fridays are just...I don't know how to describe them without sounding mean. They take everything out of me though. And some of them are downright mean and manipulative towards teachers.

I'm just looking for a little encouragement and I just don't want to be feeling that way again. Words wouldn't describe the feeling accurately but it was literally painful.

Fishing for encouragement... haha thanks


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Here it is--encouragement
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OK, here goes.

You are an experienced teacher.
You have prepared for what you will be doing on Friday.
You are older, wiser, bigger, and probably also smarter than your students.
You've done hard things before and you can do them again.
You care about your students.
You can out-manipulate the best.
You have thick enough skin/armor that a kid's meanness bounces off.
You can do anything for one day--and the weekend is coming.

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Old 02-21-2020, 02:50 AM
 
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I don't think I can do it I'll post later and hopefully I'm wrong. I feel very much alone.

Taoep-you did do a great job of encouraging though thank you ❤️

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I'm so sorry! Some groups of kids can really do that to you, no matter what you do. Just do the best you can, and don't worry to much about getting all the instruction done. You can only do what you can do, and some responsibility has to be on the students. If they won't, they won't.

Is there any way you can incorporate some self care into the day? Even just going into an empty classroom, and sitting quietly for a while on your lunch break? If not, definitely take care of yourself before and after school.

I hope it goes better than you think! You're doing the best you can, and that is more than enough!
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Here's to good thoughts for you.

*It's "only" an hour class, correct? You can do it
*Once they're gone, wipe it out of your system, unless you're truly at a loss on how to connect with them, then use some time on the off hours to problem solve. Restorative Circles might help.
*it's Friday so the weekend is upon you
*Perhaps try seeing each problem student and adult as a hurting individual who needs understanding. That might help. I know one year, I had a student I just couldn't connect with and he drove me nuts. One day it just dawned on me, that he's someone's son, grandson, nephew, etc and he needed to be understood and loved. It helped me.

Stay Strong and let us know how it goes. Be better than them


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Fridays
Old 02-21-2020, 05:35 AM
 
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Is there any way you can incorporate some self care into the day?
I agree. Make sure you have something special to look forward to that just happens on Fridays. You need to balance the bad with some good in your schedule!

Some ideas:
stopping for a special coffee on the way to work
(or dessert on the way home)
walking in a beautiful park after work
your favorite take-out dinner on Friday evenings
a class or group for a hobby you enjoy
a favorite TV show you DVR and watch on Fridays
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It was better than I thought
Old 02-21-2020, 06:37 PM
 
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Might have even been drama-free except one student decided to try to ruin a perfectly good lesson by calling a classmate a disrespectful piece of trash. She went to the office and the lesson continued
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