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    The terrorist threat,

    a rambling email sent to school board members, promising bombs in backpacks, people armed with machine guns and other heavy weaponry,which resulted in over nine hundred schools in Los Angeles close today, was a hoax. Now everyone wants to talk crap, claiming that it was not all...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    You all have probably seen these.

    #38 and #51 are pretty much the story of my life. http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/the-61-best-teacher-memes-on-the-internet-h0xt
    leavesandbeans leavesandbeans 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2015

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    I do love to teach! It's a wonderful job,

    to be able to help students in high school develop their knowledge and understanding.
    norwegian73 norwegian73 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 13, 2015

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    I am not yet now, but I wanna claim

    that I'll be a teacher by March 2015! The noblest profession of all :)
    fascisheanne fascisheanne 22-25, F 8 Responses May 2, 2014

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    nakedofaname nakedofaname 26-30 3 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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    One colleague teacher told me this morning her

    conversation with the mother of one of her students. She caught him cheating on an exam, the boy argued he was not cheating and told her mother that his teacher had accused him with no reason. Then the mother wanted to talked to the teacher. My colleague had told me that the...
    Cierzo Cierzo 41-45, M 9 Responses Dec 21, 2015

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    Today was the first day of school; love my new

    kids. I forgot to give them homework so I'm sure they love me too. :)
    Schoolinlife Schoolinlife 26-30, F 5 Responses Sep 8, 2015

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    I'm a new teacher, special ed (emotional

    disturbance room) and I'm at the point where I'm ready to quit. I've busted my butt all year, have been flexible, dealt with two incompetent aids and very unstable children. I've done everything that's been asked of me and have even offered 3 ID students because that teacher...
    brattybitch13 brattybitch13 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 7, 2015

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    I start my final student teaching tomorrow.

    65 days of classroom time frim 7:30-3:00 as if I were a teacher and 2 weeks of straight teaching. Any comforting advice?
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 3

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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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    Schools here in L.A are closed due to a

    terrorist threat. The FBI has launched an investigation.
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 6 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    Today, the last day of school

    before Christmas vacation was bittersweet. For weeks, the math teacher and I had seventh grade rehearse "The 12 Days of Christmas". Four girls, two sopranos and two altos sang the song A Capella (or a capella). The other students actually performed. For example, the boys with...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2015

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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...
    Glennr67 Glennr67 46-50, M 4 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    I've been teaching for more

    than 20 years privately, in public schools, and now at university. I love it when you explain something to a person who is having difficulty with something and you see the lightbulb go off in their head. I also love it when I can help a student who is stressing over something...
    absolom absolom 41-45 2 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    After two days of testing

    for the Benchmark Reports, after lunch, we are having Fun Friday. It will consist of basketball, volleyball, computer games, board games, movies, ice cream floats, and nachos. It is a perfect way to end the school week and the month of January (for all of you who want to argue...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    pfuzylogic pfuzylogic 56-60, M 5 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    A couple of days ago I was discussing to some

    collegues if we would retire right now if we had the chance to do it. Most of them said they would. I have very mixed feelings about it. I love teaching, I love the idea to share knowledge, educate young people, be in touch with them. At the same time I totally hate what the...
    Cierzo Cierzo 41-45, M 7 Responses Oct 27, 2015

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    I had a rough couple of days this week.

    I got attacked by a kiddo on Thursday. He grabbed my neck & squeezed really hard & wouldn't let go. Then yesterday, I was watching four two year olds by myself - one being the little terror - and they were all copying him. Being positive & patient & trying to redirect wasn't...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 5, 2015

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    23 years....Biology, Anatomy/Physiology,

    Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Aquatic Science, Plant and Animal Science, Vet Tech, Agricultural Science......Fun teaching the children of former student's. No plans to retire, I'll let the kid's retire me when they get ready.  You do finally reach an age where you...
    Extant1 Extant1 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 28, 2015

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    I actually love this job

    so much. The bond formed with my pupils is amazing. I feel like these kids are my own. And the feeling it gives you when you see them succeeding even in the smallest things like a routine spelling test is just amazing!
    jemappellesharyn jemappellesharyn 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2015

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    Best job in the world.

    Please don't hold it against me!!
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 29, 2014

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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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    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 10 Responses Jan 10, 2008

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    One of the things I like less about my job is

    the huge amount of things I have to keep in my mind all the time. Prepare this, mark that, check email, talk to Mr.X for a lecture, make copies of something, remember to look for some video to show the students...I have the feeling my mind is always busy and there is no room in...
    Cierzo Cierzo 41-45, M 6 Responses Jan 14

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    Hi my name is Fernando,

    47 yrs old, 5'7", married, originally from Argentina, living in Camarillo, Ventura county, Ca, I`m an artist and art teacher.
    1alwaysnude 1alwaysnude 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 9, 2015

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    I am in the BTSA program to clear my California

    Preliminary Credential via U.C. San Diego. A few years ago, all what was needed to clear a teaching credential was a Master's degree in Education. I have a Master's degree in Education with an option in Creative Literacies and Literature in the Elementary Classroom. Yet the...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Today I taught a child how to write their name

    for the very first time! Wonder if this post will get more hearts than one about sex...probably not cuz its EP LOL!
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Sep 16, 2015

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    I am exceptionally hurt.

    Which makes me bitter. Which makes me cynical. Which makes me pessimistic. Which makes me bitchy. Which makes me disdainful. Which makes me depressed. Which makes me angry. Which leads me back to bitter. And so on. And so on. And so on. So that my dear children is what...
    abrokenlittlegirl abrokenlittlegirl 51-55, F 4 Responses Jan 13

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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 3 Responses Oct 12, 2013

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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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    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 21 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    For those like myself Learning Disabilities (

    LD ) / Dyslexia is best learned by one who has learned how to adapt and thus overcome it , I will always maintain the firm opinion that it takes a dyslexic to be able to teach another dyslexic about all the new technology that can be found for free on the internet , Information...
    Paschar Paschar 61-65, M 10 Responses May 26, 2014

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    MsJanice MsJanice 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    I always wanted to be a teacher

    when I get older. Kids are getting meaner and meaner. They disrespecting teachers. The parents don't do a thing but yell at their kid. Yelling doesn't do anything. I wanted to teach kindergarten but idk anymore. I'm more looking into construction now
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 8, 2015

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    One of my most challenging students turned

    thirteen on yesterday, December 18th, the same day of the Christmas program and Winter Carnival. Her mother came to pick up her report card. Yes, on top of the Christmas Program and the Winter Carnival, administration wanted us to conduct parent conferences and hand out report...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 14 Responses Dec 19, 2015

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    I've been having a rough go lately.

    I've been so discouraged & strapped for energy. At my wits end really. Then yesterday, I actually had a good day. Granted, so did my most challenging kid. But maybe, possibly I had a little bit to do with it? I've found a couple of things make the day go smoother: splitting the...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2015

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    I still have online connection with some of my

    former students.I don't chat with them but I like to know about them through their posts.
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 9 Responses Jan 13

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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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    Ladies and gentlemen,

    I am not a teacher myself but just a student hoping to become a teacher one day. I would like to tell you all how much you mean to many of us no matter what we may say. Many of us students understand how hard you work for us and what emotional wear and tear it takes being a...
    girlinlovewithmrhahn girlinlovewithmrhahn 18-21, F Dec 11, 2015

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    Just need to vent for a minute.

    The kids are driving me fricken crazy!!! Like, I am in a pissy mood because of these kids. Absolute melt-down, hysterical crying because I asked a girl to go potty. A homesick kiddo who only comes one day a week, who whimpers & cries & follows me around the room. A defiant boy...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 16, 2015

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    mdbest4u mdbest4u 26-30, M Jan 14

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    pfuzylogic pfuzylogic 56-60, M 6 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    I asked this in the question section

    and got a few interesting responses. Just wanted to see what else people would add. I'm teaching a 12th grade marriage class soon.(trust me the irony isn't lost on me) I'd like to know what people wish they had learned before they graduated and went to college. Doesn't have to...
    avgniceguy avgniceguy 41-45, M 5 Responses Jan 17

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    Being a teacher, I cannot sometimes help

    comparing my students with the way my generation was in their youth days. One difference I often observe is the different way we address the world. For us, the world was a wild place we had to fight against to make our room in it. Each of us in his own way. However, I see...
    Cierzo Cierzo 41-45, M 4 Responses Oct 7, 2015

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    I am a seventh grade English Language Arts

    teacher at a charter school in South Los Angeles. This is my second year and so far it has gone much better than last year! So far we have read, "A Raisin in the Sun", "Sorry, Wrong Number", and are currently in the middle of "A Christmas Carol." Many of my students have never...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2015

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