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Why Patience is a Key Quality for a Teacher

 

Every teacher has either been on the verge of exploding or fallen over the edge. It’s a highly stressful job where you find your patience tested every day. Without the required level of patience and self-control things can go horribly wrong.

If there is one attribute that teachers should continue to work on it’s an ability to remain calm in a crisis and not let the heat of the moment affect their judgement.

A teacher is facing the sack after being accused of assaulting two of her students by throwing a desk at them.

Kimberly Price admitted to police she ‘saw red’ during the violent confrontation with two 14-year-old girls.

One girl suffered a broken wrist after being hit by the desk after it was allegedly hurled across the classroom.

The other suffered concussion after being punched in the face and choked as Price held her down, she claims.

The 34-year-old eighth grade science teacher was arrested on Tuesday after handing herself in to police in Quincy, Florida.

School chiefs at James A Shanks Middle School have suspended Price indefinitely.

She will be recommended for termination at the next Gadsden County school board meeting, according to Shaia Beckwith-James, spokeswoman for the school district.

The alleged classroom brawl took place a week ago with an arrest affidavit revealing details of the shocking fight.

Price is alleged to have thrown a pen at a student leading to an argument with the 14 year old.

But before the pair came to blows, another student in the class claimed Price said, ‘that little dirty (expletive) ain’t gonna mess up my shirt.’After the pen was thrown students say Price ‘picked up a desk and threw the desk at the victim.’

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One Response to “Why Patience is a Key Quality for a Teacher”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    When I taught in a high school where the students bar one or two were all indigenous, for summer sport we took them to the local swimming pool where activities, such as continuous cricket and volleyball were organised on the lawns. Students could cool down with a dip between games. What the heck, even during games.

    One such afternoon, on the wrong side of the pool was a group of approximately 6 senior girls, sitting in the shade under a tree and nattering to one another.

    My first (limbic) reaction was to go over and order them to move and participate in the activities. Then my neo-cortex took over and reasoned as follows. 1. These students are at school and not hanging about down the street. 2. They are not causing anybody any trouble. 3. Leave them alone and tactically ignore them.

    As soon as I had come to this conclusion I noticed a young teacher had seen them too. He immediately stormed over to the girls and began berating them in a most officious manner. 1. They did not budge, despite his threats of detention and reporting to the principal. 2. They began making gestures with middle fingers and telling him to f— off, which elicited more empty threats from him. 3. He wrote their names down in his note book and went away with his tail between his legs. Even if he had been able to make good his threats he would have been frustrated because the students simply would not have showed up at school to receive the consequences.

    You do not, and can not win every battle. If you engage in a losing battle you are less likely to win future battles. If you do win such a battle you are likely to lose the war, which is over a longer term.

    Teachers have to be aware that they are being asked to do more and more, with less and less. We are being made more accountable for issues over which we have less control. Principals are reticent when it comes to supporting teachers in disputes with students because it makes them look bad in the eyes of employing authorities. Consequently teachers are so very often out there on their own, expected to enforce rules they didn’t make, with little or no support.

    There is always tomorrow. If you don’t engage in an unwinable battle, over a trivial issue, you will be relatively unscathed, and more confident, when it comes to a battle over a more important issue.

    We have to be aware that the world has changed. People don’t get into management positions because they are competent teachers any more. They more likely get there because they make the right political moves. They have less loyalty towards their underlings and will do more to save their own skin than to support their junior colleagues, whom they consider dispensible. These are facts of life in our schools today. Teachers have to deal with recalcitrant students on the one hand and overbearing supervision on the other. I am happy to report, that while this is the trend it is not yet universal, and that there are still schools that are havens of sanity on the fringes of the sea of political expediency.

    The kinds of scenes that are reported in the above article are the direct result of the trends which I have revealed above.

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