Method & Theory

    Re: "older" teacher-need suggestions for discipline issues

    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, left convoluted lesson plans that no
    substitute could ever decipher and 90 percent of the time the kids
    listened to her. But she did no teaching to speak of, just always
    correcting behavior; her teaching consisted of printing up pages
    from, making copies of them, putting
    them in a binder and just tracking their scores on the sheets.

    When she was absent, her kids routinely broke chairs, broke
    televisions and players, even a desk once, would wander the halls,
    beat each other regularly; and she was able to control them when
    she was present. The administration loved her, and she was
    constantly either out sick, "in a meeting" where she could not be
    found, and working on a higher level qualification.

    So...I doubt her weight made any difference to the administration
    at that school one way or the other.

    On 12/10/11, Homely Teacher wrote:
    > 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 advantage, but I have
    > definitely seen handsome but ineffectual people get walked on
    > by students. I think it's more about projecting an aura of
    > strength and decisiveness than about the way a person looks,
    > although the way a person looks can help or hinder their
    > ability to project that image. I'm not a classical beauty
    > myself, but I've found that if I ACT like I'm 100% awesome
    > (without getting too egotistical, haha), people tend to respond
    > well to that regardless of the reality. Psych yourself up.
    > Walk with confidence. Mind your posture. Speak out clearly
    > and declaratively, with a smile.
    > Good luck :)
    > On 9/01/11, Maria wrote:
    >> 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 likely to follow
    >> directions. They also seem to get more out of the students
    >> than I do.
    >> I am wondering if anyone can give me suggestions on how to
    >> deal with this? The main management problems I have are 1)
    >> students constantly trying to get out their phones to text
    >> when I am not looking, 2) talking when I am giving a lesson,
    >> 3) completely ignoring me when I am giving out instructions,
    >> 4) forcing me to talk loudly because they just will not
    >> quiet down, 5) not working unless I am standing right over
    >> them. is not my intent to offend anyone. Thank
    >> you in advance.