So.. here we have a student teacher with dyslexia--that they were
upfront about-- 4 preps for natives, no plans/curricula, and a teacher
that refused to help her. (Her because she said she was called a c--
t..so I'm assuming :). She put up with it and in fact discouraged the
university from asking the classroom teacher to help her with materials
(because the teacher said no already). (That might not be the practical
solution, but isn't that admirable to try to not get the school to
force the teacher to do what they said they won't do?)
Now this classroom teacher:
Decides she must teach x content--after telling the teacher no I will
not help you choose content.
Tells the teacher this AS THEY ARE TEACHING and wants the content
taught right now.
Tells the teacher you have 1 day to learn 20 or so completely new words
and teach it.
So the student teacher (by the way ANYONE student teaching or has
recently calls them ST in writing (as the OP did)) refuses.
This ST updates us.. in the last placement kids called her horrific
names and the principal refused to do anything about it, and a teacher
told her the kids used that language and SHE HAD TO AGREE WITH THEM!!
What are the responses.. see an above thread as well.
1) You caused this.. YOU demnaded a native teacher for a placement. The
school probably had an apprioprate placement, but YOU demanded special
treatment. Admit you were wrong. (What did the OP actually do? Ask if
they could request a native speaker teacher. They live in a border
2) Please leave teaching now.. you CAN'T always be right. (Now to be
fair, I'm sure the students had valid reasons for calling the OP a c--
t. Plus you can't judge a principal who refuses to do anything about it
without knowing the full story--which is likely that the OP got what
3) Please apologize to your teacher for WASTING TIME by looking up
words in the dictionaries.. but YOU are the snotty, superior know it
4) This is teaching sweetie. Good teachers do it and only bad ones
complain and make excuses. Why would this make a potentionally go
teacher leave the profession?
Can other teachers really not see this is was an unacceptable placement?
In my placement I had not textbooks..we photocopied one master book,
even though that's illegal. We had to wait 3 weeks for photocopies.
That rule was not waived for me, even though my university required me
to give kids a welcome letter on week one.
This was a few years ago--but I mean 5, not 20-- but my teacher had
fought like hell for a year to get a VCR in her classroom so she could
show videos. (Do you think our text came with VCR tapes? These were
just old ones she had.) One teacher used those filmstrips that click.
We had no teacher's lounge.
We had several meetings with a problem stuydent plus parents during
classtime..teachers had to leave the class work and teachers on their
planning had to babysit classes; parents did not come, so the meeting
was reschuled and this was repeated.
I too was called a c--t and nothing was done about it.
Best of all :).. problem kids were sent to in school suspension; there
they signed in and did their work. the ISS "teacher's" "planning" was
the period than ran though lunch, so the room was left open. The sign
ins/assignments we left were never there at the end of the day.
(Suprise!!) The kids knew there was no way to monitor if they were
there, so they roamed the halls instead of going.
You can call me a whiny brat just making excuses for why I couldn't do
well in my placement. You can say maybe YOU and your entitlement
attitude are the problem. You can say that good teachers thrive in
evironments that are challenging and only weak ones walk away. You can
say those who leave weren't meant to be teachers..but that's okay, they
aren't bad people. It's just that this is the way teaching is..and good
teachers not only accept that but like it! But this is an unacceptable
as both a learning and work envoronment.
Until we as a society admit that education has REAL problems-- and that
the problems create a system where the STUDENTS are the real victims--
good teachers WILL continue to leave the profession--as they already
are and in droves! Teacher quality will go down and our profession will
get less and less respect; people already do blame the teachers for
many of our problems and I'm not convinced that blame is fully mis
placed. I am afraid it is going to take seeing what happens to the
generation getting educated now-- i.e. seeing that we have produced a
generation of students with a very, very poor academic background--
before anything changes.
In no other field would professionals tolerate the level of
unprofessionalism we see in many of our K-12 schools.
On 8/19/13, gloria wrote:
> On 8/18/13, we have a crisis in teaching!! wrote:
> I am going to respectfully disagree with you. What about this
> poster made you think "good teacher" who might leave the profession?
> Teaching is NOT for everyone. One of the biggest qualities a
> teacher must have is the ability to adapt, roll with the changes and
> adjust to fit the situation. The situation will not change to fit
> the teacher. Add to that quality a whole lot of patience,
> resourcefulness and many, many hours of preparation those first few
> Yes, it was a difficult placement but it is real life. In
> many language teachers will have 4 or 5 different classes to prepare
> for. Many will have heritage and native speakers in a language
> class that will need additional resources and will challenge the
> teacher's Spanish skills. Accept these facts and learn from them
> and adapt.
> How and where you learned your Spanish does not matter much once you
> enter a classroom. Students really don't care as long as you can
> reach them and inspire them to learn and are capable of teaching.
> You state "many of our teachers are weak" because they would stay in
> a situation like this and learn how to adapt and make it successful.
> I respectfully disagree. A weak teacher will whine about it, make
> every excuse about how it is someone else's fault, and will walk
> Not all people who consider teaching are cut out to be teachers.
> There is nothing wrong with realizing that before he or she actually
> becomes a teacher.
> Good teachers just refuse to put up with the crap and leave the
>> profession because of situations like this.
>> I'm tired of the martyrs who call anyone even acknowledging that
>> the problems in teaching are real whiny brats who need to leave
>> the profession. Well guess what? They will, teacher quality will
>> continue to decline and more and more outsiders will say:
>> Yes teaching is a hard job, but the problem is also caused by the
>> fact that many of our teachers are weak.
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