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Re: Teacher Burn Out


From: Patricia Knott (pknott_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Mar 05 2003 - 17:15:26 PST

I was just about to respond to all the posts about my queries last night on
burn out and course selections (very much appreciated) and I will later, but
Michele's new post hit a very sore spot with me:
> The fact that I had the Asst. Principal of Security say to me that we can't do
> much about a kid who tells me F**k you in the classroom. Because F you to them
> is the same as you and I saying hello. What is with that?
> That's what I am tired of.

In my school, we have to differentiate between a f**k you said to the
teacher directly or a f**k you said to the air.
A couple of weeks ago I was in an In Service on Behavior Modification and
the subject turned to discipline on this kind of language. Some Sped
specialist stood up and said well, these little darlings don't know it's a
bad word... to them it's nothing. I reeled. if we are talking about
behavior modification then lets modify the behavior and let them know this
is not acceptable talk.

The consequence of the inconsequence of discipline is, that, the teacher
turns an ear off and the behavior proceeds. A big source of teacher burn
out--- classroom discipline that is not followed through by administrative
actions. Even though we have a school code that explicitly outlines
consequences, I'm told this is my problem and I have to stay after school
with these foul mouthed brats, and I call home home and mom is just as foul
mouthed and I wonder how I can change any of this?

I don't hear much any more and my sight is getting pretty bad too.

who is really burned out tonight
and then I heard today, that one of my best, brightest, most super kids, a
kid that has earned national recognition, a kid who always deserved the
report comment "does more than is expected" a kid anyone would want to
have as one's own has a brain tumor
do I care about a foul mouthed brat?