Shannon Falls, August 2012

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Anger Boileth Over

I am livid. Beyond angry. Furious.

I quite possibly ended a family relationship tonight by standing up for myself on Facebook to a comment made by a relative.

To all you teacher friends, do you post statuses about your day? I NEVER mention student names or ANY personal information. If you saw my status about making a student cry, it boiled down to my being slandered later by a family member. She decided that apparently I don't give respect so I don't get any, and because I'm a Christian I should show God's love every day and never cause hurt feelings. Have you BEEN in a middle school classroom? I don't have to do anything and I can have a student cuss me out or flat-out ignore me. Etc., etc., etc. I'm expected to be educator, teacher, counselor, disciplinarian, mediator, nurturer, and much more. Teachers don't make enough!

For ONCE I stood up to myself. I'm proud of myself. I'm a 26 year old ADULT, not a child. Address me directly, please, but do not smear my name publicly across Facebook.


Amy said...

Although I am no longer teaching, YES I have been in a middle school classroom. My first year of teaching at the secondary level. North Gulfport 7th & 8th Grade School. I "taught" (or at least tried to) science to 4 classes of 7th graders and 1 class of 8th graders. Each class had 30+ students. I had several 16 & 17 year olds in the 7th grade. And several 18 year olds in the 8th grade. It's a wonder I'm even still alive to talk about it!

As a teacher, you have to have an outlet to vent. Not every day is full of sunshine and roses and happy happy joy joy! I personally am very proud OF you and FOR you. From what I have seen and read, you are a professional and have never "named names".

Keep your head held high, girl! I am here for you if you ever need someone to talk to, or just to listen. :o) Teachers have one of the toughest, oftentimes thankless jobs in the world. And they are NOT paid anywhere near what they should be paid!!!

Love ya',

Katie A. said...

I have had many a drama stirred up on Facebook by FAMILY doing exactly what you are talking about! I'm sorry you are having to deal with those things. Even though I'm not a teacher, I have many friends who are. I think many people do not realize how differently the children of today's society are, even just from when I was in school! It never ceases to amaze me at how rude and undisciplined the children are. Parents these days do not want to take responsibility for the life they brought into this world, and all too often, they expect the teachers to do that job for this. SO disheartening! I agree that teachers do not get paid enough, and I applaud you for your calling to be a teacher. There's NO WAY I'd have the patience to deal with the way kids act these days!