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Re: Teacher Burn Out


From: David Wuerffel (wuerfeld_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Mar 05 2003 - 17:39:03 PST

Re: Teacher Burn OutPat,
A brain tumor is serious but with prayer and a good surgeon things can go fine. I know my son had one removed not so long ago.
Just remember that the ones that need you the most are often the least equipped to show it. Keep up the high standards and they will oneday remember you and what you did for them.

----- Original Message -----
  From: Patricia Knott
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 7:15 PM
  Subject: Re: Teacher Burn Out

  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? ---