Physical Intimidation

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12 thoughts on “Physical Intimidation

  1. changetoday

    I am sorry to say that I have done the exact same thing. I was just standing and a random teacher appeared . I complied and picked it up. But while we were leaving , I shouted “bitch” at the top of my lungs and ran away. Its a child’s mentality ma’am. They will realize their mistake one day.Please don’t feel sad about it. Student’s take this as a threat to their popularity, fearing they will be labelled ‘uncool’. Why not try another tactic? By telling them to pick it up or they’ll be suspended? Please don’t cry .. you are a brave person πŸ™‚

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    1. sciteaching

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      I hope one day they do realise how unacceptable their behaviour is – they are usually relatively nice boys, with the occasional behaviour issue. It just seemed like today they were all out for blood, even though to them I’m sure it just seemed like they were sticking up for their mate.

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      1. changetoday

        They were just doing it for creating a scene… believe me. Students are like that. Please don’t fret over silly student’s ma’am πŸ™‚ Take care

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  2. tarajcull

    That sounds horrible. I definitely agree. You should not have to deal with that. It’s not fair. Good on you for emailing pastoral and doing something about it. Teaching is stressful enough as it is.

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  3. Sarah

    I am sorry this has happened to you and spoilt your day. I have worked with students in challenging schools before and a big learning advice given to me was to ‘choose your battles wisely’. This student threw a piece of cheese and as the mouse you followed and did exactly what he wanted. He walked away confident and cocky knowing he would have upset you. It is low-life tactics, but they know no better. My advice is to document how this event made you feel (as you have done), speak to you head, and call the child’s parents (when you’ve cooled down) in a non-confronting way to discuss the incident and the consequences of his actions. Make sure the school follow this up, it’s not fair for you to feel this way. I hope it all gets resolved fairly. All the best.

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    1. sciteaching

      Unfortunately we had already butted heads during the lesson before break. To be honest he didn’t even know I was on break duty until I approached him – I don’t even know if he kicked the food intentionally.
      The point of it is though his behaviour was unacceptable to begin with, and if he knew I’d chosen to not engage in that battle, dealing with him in future would be all the more difficult. They are very quick to pick up on which teachers are lenient, and take advantage of that as much as they can.
      I hope it is resolved quickly and fairly too! I hate feeling this way, and I know the students don’t actually enjoy being in trouble.

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