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I want to preface this post by saying that I hope this does not offend anyone. I am a female teacher in my late 40s who is also obese. I am losing weight but it is difficult. I never had classroom management issues until I turned 45 and gained weight. I'd rather not state what subject I teach but I will say it is a 9-12 grade environment with about 75% male students and 25% female.

I strive to make lessons interesting and sometimes humorous. I have been in other younger and /or "in shape" teacher's classrooms and feel that their lessons are not as interesting. In fact, sometimes they lecture all period which I was told NEVER to do. But they seem to have a much better control of their classrooms, especially the younger male teachers. It seems the male students are more "afraid" of the younger males and the females think they are attractive or look up to them like an older brother. I cannot help but think that it is human nature that the students will listen better and be more l...See More
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Sara On 9/01/11, Maria wrote: > Thank you for your thoughtful response, Sara

Buy felt and cut it into seat size squares and tape it to the bottom of the chairs. Sound bounces and as it bounces it magnifies, it essentially echoes. Felt absorbs the bouncing sound waves that are their voices and softens the sound of the voices. Curtains, real c...See More
Sep 1, 2011
Ben 1. You can't stop the textng and the cell phones any more than teachers could stop the "Game Boys" when they came out in 1990. You can try confiscating them and sending the kid to the Principal if he/she refuses to hand it over, but that can lead to disruptive fights with the kid. You need to make the lesson more active by giving them work to do th...See More
Sep 3, 2011
Ethel B. Gulfan On 9/03/11, Ben wrote: > 1. You can't stop the textng and the cell phones any more than > teachers could stop the "Game Boys" when they came out in > 1990. You can try confiscating them and sending the kid to the > Principal if he/she refuses to hand it over, but that can lead > to disruptive fights with the kid. > You need to mak...See More
Oct 27, 2011
Homely Teacher At the risk of playing internet psychologist, and hoping not to offend you, from your posts in this thread it sounds like you're not currently very happy with yourself. Is it possible that the kids are responding more to a lack of self-confidence, than to your actual physical appearance? It's true that being physically attractive can be an advantag...See More
Dec 10, 2011
Martin In response to the original post, I have to say that (I don't know if my age and gender matter) I have subbed as a para and worked as a full-time teacher around other teachers and many were what would be considered morbidly obese. I subbed as a sped para for one teacher who had to be close to 500 pounds. She called in sick virtually every other day...See More
Dec 24, 2011


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