Jun 10, 2009

I just want a quiet place to work

I share my classroom with 4 other traveling teachers.

It's horrid.

Some have pretty horrendous management.

This classroom is my only personal workspace in the building. The kids yelling and screaming in the other classes taking place while I work here make me feel like 1) it's my responsibility to stop it or 2) it's out of my control.

I always ask politely if they can lower their voices so I can work. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

It should work 100% of the time.

Come on teachers. Up on the defense. Learn how to manage a class. I shouldn't have to be responsible for telling YOUR class to quiet down. I should have a place to work where kids are yelling, screaming, cursing, getting up out of their seats whenever they want, or straight up getting ghetto. It's not their fault. It's yours.


teachin' said...

Wow....that's awful. It amazes me how many teachers just don't know how to manage a class. Maybe they were never taught it well, but don't they realize how much harder their jobs are because of it? Life is so much easier and so much more pleasant when your kids are controlled and doing what they're supposed to do. I'd hate teaching if I couldn't manage my kids.

Kristine Dahl said...

I confess: classroom management is something I still struggle with. I'm sorry that you have to share your room, it must be so frustrating. But, on the flip side of the classroom I'm still learning to truly assert myself in an authoritative manner. Unless your experience with the traveling teachers shows you that they are not trying, please understand where they're coming from.