***disclaimer: This is a continuation from a conversation happening on Voxer. Not a post directed at my current staff! 🙂
Her name was Emily. I remember her sweet round face, her blonde hair, and her sparkling personality. I also remember that she started every single composition with, “Hi, my name is Emily and I’m going to tell you about…” I will also never forget the afternoon I made her get in her chair and announce to the class how sorry she was that she kept doing that and that she would never do it again.
I look back on that memory now and cringe. CRINGE. I am so thankful her mother didn’t come and just decimate me over that poor attempt of a strategy. That was my first year teaching, and thankfully, the only year that I remember having done that.
This is something I am extremely passionate about, probably because I remember sweet Emily. If you don’t like children…or interacting with people…I just don’t know that education is the job for you.
CONFESSION: I don’t think embarrassing students is ok.
CONFESSION: I also don’t think its ok to yell at students.
I’m not saying you have to be sun-shiney and roses all the time. I’m not saying that there aren’t realities that make teachers days a struggle. (or assistant principals!) I know this.
I am saying that you don’t have to be ugly. You don’t have to be sarcastic. You don’t have to yell.
Is this an unrealistic expectation in education?