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My aide is embarrassing me......
Old 04-03-2020, 12:05 PM
 
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And I think there's nothing I can do but take a deep breath and get over it.

I teach in a rural area. My aide was born and raised here, for many generations. She is 63 years old, and very "simple". She's very nurturing in the classroom, and has a wonderful work ethic. But she has difficulty understanding things sometimes, and will often ask me to explain staff emails that she receives.

During these past 3 weeks when we haven't had school, I gave her access to our Homeroom page so that she could see pictures of the kids, etc.

But she's posting. She's posting things like this: "mrs ruby u r a tresure to these kids i miss u and i no they do to."

Seriously.

Poor spelling and grammar are HUGE pet peeves of mine. I'm not super particular, for example, about nit-picky things like ending sentences with prepositions and things like that. But SPELLING! And punctuation!

She is very sensitive, so I know that I could never tell her not to post anymore.

I just needed to vent.......that's why I came here.


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Old 04-03-2020, 01:03 PM
 
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Just take it as a compliment. It doesn't reflect poorly on you. I think it's sweet! And I'm sure the parents do, too.
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Ha ha
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She sounds hip to me writing just like all the kids do on Twitter. lol.
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Old 04-03-2020, 01:09 PM
 
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Ugh.


Personally I'd email her and just ask her not to treat the Homeroom page like Facebook.
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Old 04-03-2020, 01:26 PM
 
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Personally I'd email her and just ask her not to treat the Homeroom page like Facebook.
I want to! She's not on Facebook, but she does text and tweet. The problem is that ALL of my parents use the page like Facebook right now, and so do I. So I can't ask her not to.


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Old 04-03-2020, 02:13 PM
 
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I get it, I get it, I really do! It's like your page is your classroom now and you wouldn't want that hanging on the wall of the brick and mortar classroom.

But, (sorry there is a but) I think there is no way to say anything without hurting feelings then you will end up feeling bad in the end.

Try to see the message and not the spelling. I'd just reply back with a sweet message. Be gracious in this case.
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"...see the message and not the spelling."

What a beautiful phrase. Good advice especially now.
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Be a positive role model?
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I would post a super nice reply thanking her and also praising her role in the classroom....but make sure you use your very best grammar and spelling! I know it is a little passive aggressive, but if your praise is sincere and you are modeling how you want others to write, it might be better than ignoring it or confronting her. Good luck!
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