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Old 01-09-2012, 04:43 PM
 
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A fellow colleague was called out for unprofessional behavior: having her coffee cup at her skills group table.

I am afraid to drink water now or take an aspirin for fear of being called unprofessional by administration!


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Old 01-09-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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Wow. That wouldn't fly at our school. Everyone has drinks. Even the kids can have water.

I'd just keep my water under the table on the floor. I'm addicted to water. I have dry mouth syndrome and diabetes and just have to be hydrated.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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Wow! I can't imagine. I guess I would be in trouble everyday. I always have water or tea near me. I do not like to be without liquids when I have a small cough.
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Our assistant principal brings his coffee when he comes into our rooms to observe. He's constantly spilling drips of coffee everywhere, and leaving his coffee cup in classrooms. It's kind of a standing joke.
We were told at the beginning of the year not to eat or drink when we were supervising classes, but no one took it seriously because he always has his coffee. We figure we'll stop when he does.
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We received an email about this a few weeks ago. I guess coffee was knocked over onto a student at a small group table. We are no longer allowed to have beverages around the students.

I can understand our P's point, but having a beverage is certainly not unprofessional. Well, I guess it depends on the beverage. Maybe she had made her coffee Irish?


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Old 01-09-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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We were absolutely not allowed to even have water in plain site. I hid coffee like it was whiskey in the prohibition! I kept my bottom desk drawer clear and would sneak sips between classes. I worked at a middle school, though, where there was a "between classes." I don't think it is fair to make anyone go without drinks for long periods, students or teachers.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Have you ever heard of the teacher that had the bottom drawer of their filing cabinet set up as a coffee station? One of my high school teachers had one!
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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I'd die...I don't eat or drink when I am working with kids, but I often have a snack or a soda or a water or a coffee on my desk and during work time (in between monitoring of course!) or during transitions, I quickly grab a few bites or sips. I can't see my principal making that rule unless district office told him to. His response would be that that would be "micro-managy".
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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My 32 oz water bottle sits out and proud on my desk all day. I drink it during the day...I talk, I get thirsty. I've never had a P care...they all have bigger and better fights to fight.

I often wonder about admin who choose such small and inconsequential things to start dictating about. Those are the admin that don't have the respect of their teachers (or, quickly lose it).
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Your principal would be laughed out of my school! I do eat and drink in front of my kids whenever I feel like it!


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Old 01-09-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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I've been told coffee isn't the "most professional" (for student teachers) but there shouldn't be anything wrong with water - that seems like torture!
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:38 PM
 
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If the coffee goes, I go.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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lol at the replies.

We can have drinks, but they must be in cups and a lid must be on.
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I wouldn't last very long at your school. I literally teach with a travel coffee mug (with a very secure top) for the first few hours of each day.

In the afternoons, I always have a water bottle.

I don't eat in front of students and never really thought about it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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I have to drink at least 80 oz of water a day. I can't drink and eat, therefore, I drink between meals. If I wasn't allowed to drink with kids in the room, I'd be calling my doctor to write me a medical excuse in order to keep my drinks.

I swear...sometimes it's like we're in prison. Few bathroom breaks and now no liquids.

Wait a minute...they're trying to cut down on our bathroom breaks by sanctioning liquids. It's a conspiracy!
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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OMGosh! Our principal practically has an iv drip of coffee attached to him! He is always carrying a cup of coffee around with him...he could never enforce this rule!

I always have something to drink...we have been told told the cup needs a lid, but that is fine with me!

What profession is not allowed to have water during the day? How many lawyers have coffee cups on their desk? I bet LOTS! RIDICULOUS!
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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Was the coffee really hot or something? Was this a matter of worrying about it burning a child? I can kind of understand that. It's not like we work in an office with only adults around. Kids do tend to knock things over, and if the coffee is kept extremely hot and in an open mug, it could present a burn hazard.

If that is the issue, maybe they could require a travel mug for hot liquids- one of those things that looks like a sippy cup, so if it were knocked over, it would not slosh all over a kid.

I drink cold liquids all the time in my classroom. I'm talking a lot while teaching, and my throat gets dry.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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I have a coffee pot in my room that I use every single day. At the beginning of the year, my supt. told me that it takes too much energy and he should make me get rid of it. I told him okay, I would, but he was the one that would have to deal with me without my coffee. He has never mentioned it since.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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That kind of micro managing sounds like a school i did one of my internships on it. They had a rule about "no laces", and on casual Fridays the principal would go into every classroom to make sure teachers did not have laces on their shoes. Don't principals have more important things to do!!!
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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Pass the Baileys!!!! I wish! hehe
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Me too!
Old 01-09-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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I do eat and drink in front of my kids whenever I feel like it!
Me, too! Whenever there are treats in the lounge, I grab some and eat it in my room. It sits on my desk and when I have a free second, I take a bite. No, I don't teach with it in my hand, but my kids obviously see me eating it. They whine and I tell them "Go to college and become a teacher. Then you can do this in front of your kids!"
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:41 AM
 
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have a bottle of water on my desk my students are encouraged to keep one also. My principal read an article about how children are better able to learn and retain what they have learned if they are well hydrated.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:28 AM
 
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Absolutely crazy!

Teacherbee...when I was teaching I'd say the same thing to my class when former students would come in and hand me their birthday treat! Shut them right up.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:39 AM
 
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As if we are not picked on enough...... That is crazy.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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If they do not allow teachers to have coffee, NOTHING WILL GET DONE! EVER! PERIOD!
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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runs to sonic are out of the question then???
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No food for me means no food for them.
Old 01-11-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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I do not allow my students to eat or drink anything but water in my classroom so I model the same behavior. This is purely for the sake of cleanliness and at the request of the custodians considering carpeted rooms (stains and trash). It really does make life easier after the constant "can I wash my hands" and "can I have some" during class followed by the trash left on the floor and the spills.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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we will be in prison stripes and rattling a tin can across our cell bars! Your principal is a nut I think. Have they ever been in a classroom with real kids? Like some of the others, I have a coffee pot in my classroom and I couldn't function without it. We are adults and the students are kids..I get so tired of people thinking we ALWAYS have to be EQUAL to the kids. I walk in the building with my coffee cup in hand and make a pot as soon as I enter my room. I would find the biggest coffee maker that I could buy and the strongest coffee that I could and start brewing!!!! Have a cup of coffee for goodness sakes and make one for your co-worker!!!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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Wow, I can't imagine. I used to always have a can of Coke somewhere around me while teaching. My AP used to joke that when he comes to my room for observations, I need to have one ready for him.
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I love it!
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Your responses gave me a good laugh this morning!

One of my favorites:

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If the coffee goes, I go.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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I can't begin to even count how many teachers in our building walk around with their Starbucks. What ever did they do to survive before Starbucks came to town I'll never know.
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