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I Am a Teacher

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    There's Discipline, And There's Discipline

    In my previous story on EP in this group, "Controlling the Uncontrollable" I wrote about strategies that can be used to help establish a happy and calm working environment in a classroom with children who have learning difficulties. There are the little bushfires that happen in...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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    A Golden Moment

    In my Grade Three class I have a child who is rather special. He has epilepsy and is also autistic; he is on an individual learning plan for most of his subjects.  When he was younger he missed a lot of school due to being very ill with his epilepsy.  Now he is on a medication...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 4 Responses Jul 25, 2012

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    Ok, here's the background: I nanny 24/7,

    homeschool seven kids, ages 3 to 15/prek to 9th, and the kids' education has been sporadic and either superior or uninspiring. Getting the kids interested in my biggest hurdle, as once they decide to like something, they want to do more outside of the set school hours. We just...
    rosemarydanjou rosemarydanjou 26-30 1 Response Jan 4

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    Rewards Of The Profession

    When I think of great teachers, teachers who are famous for having profoundly influenced someone's life, it is often in relation to someone who had special learning needs.  One thinks of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher.  Or others whose names I cannot remember, like the...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 11 Responses Mar 6, 2012

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    Confessions of a First Year Maestro

    It All began in November of 2006. I heard through a chain of people that a band director had quit and they were looking for a replacement immediately. I still had another month to go with my student teaching, but i thought I'd throw my name in the hat. THat evening I faxed my...
    instertnamehere instertnamehere 26-30, M 11 Responses Jan 10, 2008

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    Learned Something

    Grading can be such a chore sometimes. Today though, I read an awesome essay! It talked about the importance of going out of your way to take care of other people. The student who wrote it used lots of personal examples of times he'd helped people, and times he didn't. One...
    FreyaFire FreyaFire 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 28, 2007

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    Mathematics

    I teach Geometry and AP Calc. Aren't they fascinating subjects? My workplace is chaotic no matter which angle you are viewing from. The students are socioeconomic victims with poor academic skills. Everyone there is insane. I know I'm needed but I've been toying with the notion...
    pinkyswearx pinkyswearx 31-35 4 Responses Oct 17, 2013

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    Hello, I'm not a teacher

    and I apologize. I'm just asking for advice for my son who is having trouble learning times tables. He used to be great at math. But now he seems really stuck on this. I've tried flash cards the teacher sent home. Any advice? Thanks.
    lisa00 lisa00 31-35 2 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    FUN With Students

    I had fun playing YU GI OH trading card game with my Grade 8 students. :)
    Tirhell Tirhell 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 21, 2013

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    Poetic Justice...

    When I started teaching in 1986 (yes, I'm bordering on ancient...lol), I had the students no one else wanted.  They weren't kidding when they said I'd probably have to tap dance on my head to get them to learn.  Soooo, I set out to do just that: find any means necessary...
    Peregrinita Peregrinita 46-50 2 Responses Jun 22, 2009

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    Controlling The Uncontrollable

    Every year I see coming into my classroom a group of children with behavioural and learning issues that pose a challenge to the functioning of the class. Over the years I have come to summarise this cluster of symptoms in a particular way that I find helpful in terms of finding...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 37 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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    Relieved

    Hi, I wrote the story "I Need Advice from A Teacher." I thank you all for your opinions. I thought earlier that I could just avoid her. I then was told by her father that she needed clothing and he and her mom were at work all day. So I had to take her out to get clothes. She...
    TheMichaelll TheMichaelll 26-30, M 3 Responses Aug 11, 2013

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    Aren't Teachers Just Glorified Babysitters?

    Read this to the end... it's sarcastic!Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, causing recession, and so we have to take the money from elsewhere because of these greedy teachers, their massive salaries are a drain on society, and they only work for what? 9 or 10 months a...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 12, 2013

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    Demoralised

    I have posted this story under a different title in another group but  wanted to post it here as well. I work in a place that was badly wanted by a lot of people. I am a teacher in an independent school.  The parents of the children who go to this school made huge sacrifices...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 6 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    Ignorance Vs. Stupidity

    In my career, I have come to learn that there is a difference between being ignorant and being stupid. Ignorance is far more easier to handle because a lack of knowledge can be quickly remedied. Stupidity is more difficult because it deals with the reasoning ability of a person...
    sensuousbull sensuousbull 46-50, M 6 Responses Aug 21, 2012

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    Mrs. J.

    Since the new school year is just about to start, my thoughts naturally gravitate to my job. Today I’d like to tell you about my boss, the principal of our school. She definitely deserves to be heard of. When I first came to work here, my friends told me various things about...
    touchOFspring touchOFspring 31-35, F 14 Responses Aug 29, 2011

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    High school senior pupils,

    it is a challenge
    debs1978 debs1978 36-40, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    I Am A Teacher - Why I Went On Strike

    Someone deleted and answer, maybe their question, about why teachers shouldn't have gone on strike yesterday. They too are from the UK, and forget to mention, or moan at the fact that most public sector workers also went on strike. They had issues with the fact that they worked...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes 26-30, F 22 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    Classroom Management

    Anyone who is a teacher has heard the phrase, “Classroom Management.” I for one am getting tired of hearing it because I believed it is being abused by administrators that do not want to do their jobs. The concept of classroom management is a good concept. If it were...
    sensuousbull sensuousbull 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 19, 2012

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    The Things Kids Say... : D

    All of a sudden while teaching a 7 year old girl with special needs, she started laughing.  I asked her, "What's so funny?"  She was reluctant to sharing, but eventually said, "My brother (who is 4 by the way) has a friend who said that Barack Obama kills babies.  ...
    anon8753 anon8753 26-30 1 Response Jul 2, 2010

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    I teach Highschool Biology in the UK,

    so ages 11-16, but I don't just teacher what's required and leave, I love connected with students and I love to help them with their problems and I like to think that I'm the teacher they can come to if they have and trouble :) Love my job and sure some aspects can be hard but...
    Lauramom38 Lauramom38 36-40, F 10 Responses Mar 9

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    1st Year Art Teacher!!!

    I just finished my first year teaching high school art.  I teach at a charter/alternative school in South East Houston (2nd ward).  It is in a gang area, these kids are all at-risk, and I love it!  Those kids are so underrated.  I thought most of them were...
    amahler amahler 26-30, F 5 Responses May 28, 2010

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    Who I Am

    I am a teacher. It is who I am regardless of what anyone else may think.For a while I was a "teacher". I used to teach music. Yet, it wasn't music that I loved to teach. I loved teaching. I loved to teach students about life, about the world. I loved watching them grow and learn...
    KnightBlade KnightBlade 36-40, M 5 Responses Mar 20, 2013

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    New Time, New Place

    Today is my last day of 'summer vacation.' Like most of us, I really only had about a week- I have been teaching summer school and writing most of the time, in addition to completing the mandated professional development. Tomorrow, I start in-service for my district. But it's not...
    annasteve annasteve 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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    Female Teacher

    I am one of America's educators in our public school system. I teach at a local university in the area of political science. I love my job so much and is very rewarding to me to have served in giving back to my local community. My student tell me how much they appreciate me...
    interracialblacklover interracialblacklover 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2013

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    I Need Advice From A Teacher.

    Hi, I am Michael. I am 29 years old. I teach social studies to high school sophmores. I have a huge problem. This year, I transferred to a new school. I am staying at my best friend's house. We were friends in college. It was nice since we hadn't talked in years. I was going to...
    TheMichaelll TheMichaelll 26-30, M 14 Responses Aug 10, 2013

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    I Was A Teacher

    The first year is the hardest year of your life. This is what every teacher told me; every administrator told me. It was not just hard though. It was not a life. I was not alive. I taught from August 15 until November 11, and I think my death sped up during these few sorry months...
    bet5031 bet5031 22-25 9 Responses Nov 27, 2011

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    High School - Freshmen - Love 'em

    I always knew I wanted to teach. I was meant to teach. I absolutely love my freshmen. They are special - at the point where they are children, learning to be adults, who want to act like children and be respected as adults. I get to talk to them, guide them, help shape them...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F 13 Responses Apr 2, 2008

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    Oh yeah I am. But not the normal one you

    probably know. I love motivating my students each and every single day. I love bringing some energy and positiveness into the room. And I want to quit my job to become a dancer, no matter how weird this sounds. What about you?
    nana242425 nana242425 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    I am a teacher for individuals with

    intellectual disabilities and would love to continue if the teaching world was not full of politics and corruption.
    kymikal kymikal 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    A Classroom Teacher's Authority Is Sacrosanct

    Our authority in the classroom is given to us by the parents of the children we teach. They are the ones who have authority, and therefore responsibility, for their children.  For six hours or so of every day those parents confer their authority upon us.  We are deemed worthy...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 5 Responses Sep 8, 2012

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    I am preparing to go back to work.

    Mine is a special interest school with a reputation to uphold and a religious Principal. I have three months in which to do my preparation and one of the big issues I am trying to get my head around is the clique in our student body that gets brownie points for abusing the...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    Hi everyone, I am not a teacher

    but I could use some teacher advice. So I am in high school and I have a lot going on in my life right now. I have a teacher that I really trust and I could use someone to talk to. Would it be okay to talk to her? If so, how do I approach her without seeming weird or clingy? She...
    lauramusua lauramusua 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 7

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    I am an elementary school teacher,

    and it is the best job I have ever had. Teaching is not an easy job, and it is not for everybody, but I love it. I can say I there are days I feel like a rock star, being swarmed by fans just walking down the hall. It is hard to be in a bad mood, as the kids just won't allow...
    glennr515 glennr515 46-50, M 4 Responses Jan 11

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    Ugh!!! Why is it when my class has a make up

    work day that my supervisor chooses to come do an informal evaluation but when I am teaching he is no where in sight? Ugh!!!
    sapphire601 sapphire601 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I Will Never Be One...

    A few years ago, I headed for England with the ambition of becoming a teacher. I had landed a job as a French assistant in a secondary school for a school year. Straight after that, I applied for teacher training but wasn't offered a place. The year after, I landed a job as a...
    Apoil Apoil 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 19, 2013

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    Satisfaction And Frustration

    I find it amazing that some lessons exceed my expectations with one class and utterly bomb with another. Yesterday I did not think the class discussion would evolve the way it did. I enjoyed letting the class dictate as I was able to facilitate their thoughts and continue to...
    Husker97 Husker97 36-40, M 6 Responses Sep 6, 2013

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    For Lauraislovely :)

    Right now, I'm working for a private company in Indonesia which manages department stores, supermarkets and bookstores. We cater to many foreign customers who speak English so that is where I come in. I train the employees to communicate in and use English to further...
    june1999 june1999 31-35, F 19 Responses Oct 10, 2009

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    Back in eighth grade I practically helped teach

    my algebra class. When the teacher was busy, he would tell the students to come to me. So yes, I am a teacher, or an educator as some might say.
    TheLawOfNature TheLawOfNature 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    I always think this will make people just hang

    up straight away. I came to the job quite late, but wouldnt swap.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 13

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    I'm having a very challenging year!

    I am a sixth grade math teacher in an urban school district. I need to find new ways to engage my students. I teach three classes so I have 68 students. Most want to be there and enjoy my class but I have several that feel the need to challenge me constantly. I'm burning out...
    JG5555 JG5555 51-55, F 3 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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    Why I Have Co-operation And Harmony In My Classroom

    All my students do their Homework.  They all get to school on time.  They are impeccably polite and respectful in their address.  Their bookwork is exemplary.  On excursions we always receive compliments. I am not saying these things to boast or have...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 16 Responses Feb 21, 2010

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    The Chalkboard and Debussy

    Little Carla loved to laugh, but her reading level was no laughing matter. Carla's scores placed her in the bottom 5% of 1st graders so as a Reading Recovery teacher, I took her on. Here's how a few short weeks with Carla changed me forever. The most challenging thing about...
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F 2 Responses Aug 29, 2013

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    wolfman05 wolfman05 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    Teach highschool, In the UK,

    that's ages 11-16. Love my job and even though it has it's ups and downs wouldn't want to do anything else!
    Lauramom38 Lauramom38 36-40, F 28 Responses Feb 4

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    The Most Dangerous Job In the World

    My principal was horrible, the hours were crazy, the boss was uncooperative at best, the parents were ignorant, the pay was lousy... but I never thought about those. Only when I was reminiscing about it with an old friend did I realise I really did survive...
    june1999 june1999 31-35, F 41 Responses Jan 8, 2009

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    Called to Make a Difference

    I'm a junior in high school, I think I want to be a high school english teacher.  I have had so many teachers that have made such an impact on me, and I don't want that impact to stop here, I want to be able to pass it on to the rest of the world.  I want to be able to...
    chocchipkookie93 chocchipkookie93 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 5, 2007

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    Dagnabbit

    This morning I spilled some water on the floor and let out what I thought was a perfectly fine expletive - just bad enough to help me let off some steam but not bad enough to make my mother roll over in her grave. It started with a long "fffffff" like I was lighting the fuse of...
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F 1 Response Sep 2, 2013

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    English Lit

    I teach English Literature to 10.11, 12 grade students. Love the class. I don't always love the students unfortunately!
    Niomi1986 Niomi1986 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 12, 2013

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    To Give Up On a Child

     Now Casey's mom is a tough lady. She's not the kind of person you toy with. But no amount of ranting or raving would convince Casey's teachers that he could  succeed as a reader! The evidence confirmed that he could not so they gave up on him. Casey's mom heard about me from...
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 31, 2013

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    Male Elementary Teacher

    I am a new teacher, and I love my job. I teach sixth grade and look forward to going in each day. I just started teaching this year, it is a tough job, but I love it. College does not prepare you for all the challenges that arise. I teach in a small district, and I am the...
    glennr515 glennr515 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    girlon3rdfloorsuite9 girlon3rdfloorsuite9 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 8

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    How Could The Teachers Be So Indifferent?

    A new student joined my class two weeks ago.  We knew he was coming and had his things ready for him.  But he came late the first day.  We were looking out for him and finally spotted him wandering around with his parents.  I sent a child to fetch him and very soon Brian (not...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 15 Responses Apr 8, 2011

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    I teach kindergarten,

    and I have been teaching for 6 years. I have grown so much as a person in the past six years. I think sometimes children are the best teachers.
    lizzie2u lizzie2u 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Related Experiences

    I'm going to start this off by saying: i don't think he's in love with me. He has a girlfriend. But this experience group was probably the closest to what experience I'm having...
    Epaestimated Epaestimated 16-17, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    So here's my story. I know it's kind of weird but that's why I'm posting it. Maybe if I get my feelings out I can get over them and realize that it could never happen. So... I was...
    LastOfTheAmericanGirls82 LastOfTheAmericanGirls82 16-17 5 Responses Mar 31

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    I Love My Teacher - I've been trying to forget him, I really am. But I cannot. A week ago there was a fire experipent at school so we all had to go outside. I was standing outside...
    4wallflowers 4wallflowers 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 19