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Tamara Wilhite says
Tenure is not the reason we have cruel teachers. Most teachers are not cruel. When teachers are cruel, it is a violation of their contract. I've talked to several parents who were told by their children that I was mean and show favoritism.
There is an underlying cause for the girl getting into trouble and it begins in her family. Have you tried speaking privately with the girl to see if you can get through to her? It may be that her father has abandoned them, her mom works: neglect
Yes Diane children can intimidate teachers as well. We have children in our class that some teachers "leave be" because they hit and bite etc.. Teachers arent equipped to deal with it. But have they been bullied, neglected etc..
Hi Garifalia, I couldn't write a response under your comment. You betcha there are major problems at home. Mom's boyfriend is about 6 years old than the student (not the mom) and more drama.
Exactly, and the girl is taking out her frustration wherever she can. I'm sorry for her and for you not being able to do your work due to her behaviour. The mother needs to understand that the child is the mirror of what's going on at home.
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Thanks for the great answer. I agree with many of your points. Teachers are the first bullies and then other children follow their example. Also many teachers work long hours for low pay which can lead to burn out and loss of love for the job.