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The Essential Skill That No Teacher is Taught

January 15, 2020

A crazed student initiates a physical altercation with a teacher.

Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon occurrence.

But even still, after all my years of experience, I have no idea what the best way to handle such a situation is. Early in my teaching journey, I refused to defend myself against an emotional young boy who delivered a tirade of punches aimed at my ribs. I decided I would rather take the punishment than risk losing my career.

Interestingly, teachers update their first aid and anaphylaxis skills yearly so that their response will be informed, calm and conducted with a duty of care.

Surely, helping teachers navigate a scenario like the one in Miami would be beneficial. 

Video of the violent altercation was posted to social media after the student and the teacher were filmed brawling inside a classroom at Miami Central Senior High School on Monday. The teacher is seen pulling on the girl’s long hair and putting her into a headlock while pressing her onto a desk. She then loses her hold on the student, who charges the teacher and slams her to the ground as her classmates can be heard screaming, ‘Oh! Oh!’ A male student is seen pulling the schoolgirl off of the substitute teacher, who gets on top of the teenager and pins her to the ground.

The footage, which is approximately ninety seconds long, does not show how the fight began, although Miami-Dade Public Schools officials said the student was not supposed to be in the classroom. Other students at the school identified the teacher as ‘Ms Ferguson’ and said she is known as a nice teacher, according to WSVN.

For those who questioned my decision to let the child strike me, please refer to the official response by the school district which, even after the video went viral, referred to the well-being of the student before the safety of the teacher.

In a statement on Monday, school district spokesperson Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said: ‘Miami-Dade County Public Schools does not tolerate incidents that jeopardize the safety and well-being of students and staff members. We are deeply troubled by the behavior exhibited on this video.’

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

 

Nobody Cops “Mean” More Than Teachers

January 12, 2020

 

No teacher is perfect and I’m sure we can frustrate our students from time to time, but no profession nets more negative feedback than the classroom teacher.

We get told to improve our performance from all angles. Principals, administrators, parents, fellow teachers and students all weigh in. Teachers are said to be the most bullied of all occupations. Worse than even the tax office and telecommunications employees.

Yet, for the most part, most take it in their stride and can still laugh at themselves.

That says a lot!

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

 

The Harmful Effects of Constantly Changing a Teacher’s Year Level

December 9, 2019

 

There is a rather ludicrous tendency to have teachers switch classes on a regular basis. They may be a 4th Grade teacher one year and a 1st Grade teacher the next.

The reasoning goes something like this. A teacher that constantly moves doesn’t get too comfortable in a year level, Being too comfortable, the argument goes, can lead a teacher to revert to lazy practices and repeat old, tired lessons from yesteryear.

But I would argue the teacher merry-go-round has a harmful element. It prevents teachers from mastering a given year level and stops them from building on their previous year’s work and learning from mistakes made in the past.

The curriculum is too dense and the expectations of teachers are too high to treat the end of year shuffle like a game.

Yes, you don’t want your teachers to revert to laziness, but even more so, you want them to excel.

 

Michael Grossman is the author of the hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian. You can download a free ebook copy by clicking here or buy a copy by clicking on this link.

What Teachers Really Want for Christmas

November 24, 2019

Brilliant said by Polly Dunning:

.. What teachers and schools really want for Christmas is some real recognition and support.

Teachers in Australia work some of the longest hours in the profession across the OECD. And they’re getting longer. And we spend far longer on “adminsitrivia” and non-teaching tasks than our colleagues in other countries,  taking us out of the classrooms we love. We collect and collate endless data and samples to appease the rhetoric about “falling standards” that suggests our schools and our teachers are failing (we’re not, in fact, I see teachers and their students doing amazing things everywhere).

We work an average of about 45 hours per week, and it’s not uncommon for us to work more than 50, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics considers “very long hours”. Recent research also revealed that we experience both anxiety and depression at significantly higher rates than the general population. We work in poorly resourced schools and classrooms (which are also often boiling hot) and frequently use our own money to buy supplies for our classrooms and food for our students.

We love our job and we love our students. We love creating lessons and programs that get kids excited about learning, seeing the look on a child’s face when they finally “get it”, watching them grow into smart, funny, kind young people, sharing their joy and triumph, and picking them up when they stumble. It is our great privilege to be a part of your children’s lives. But we are exhausted, and the schools we work in are stretched thin.

So, this Christmas, if you want to do something great for your child’s school, why not contact the principal and ask them what they need? You could even get the whole class or year group of parents to go in on a gift. Could the school use some new sport equipment or some comfy bean bags for the library? Maybe a data projecto
Michael Grossman is the author of the children’s book, My Favourite Comedian. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

 

Teachers Want to be Liked

August 24, 2017

 

In the quest to gain control of their class and appear impenetrable teachers can seem cold and somewhat removed.

In reality, this is far from who they really are.

Teachers are vulnerable, caring and want nothing more than to help their students achieve in every aspect of their lives.

Deep down we desperately want our students to like us.

 

 

Click on the link to read What are We Doing to Protect Our Teachers?

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What are We Doing to Protect Our Teachers?

October 27, 2016

 

 

I want an assurance to my fellow colleagues that we are being looked after. That our protection is a top priority.

The video above depicts a student allegedly coming to the aid of his female teacher. The teacher was punched in the face by another student until this student intervenes and knocks the instigator out.

I am deeply concerned for this poor, defenseless teacher. What can she possibly do in such a situation? How can her bosses possibly assure her safety?

If I was her parent or partner, I would be begging her to resign. But she may be an extraordinary teacher. Do we really want our best teachers leaving schools who need their expertise?

How are we supposed to find the next generation of quality teachers when there is such a clear security risk associated with the profession?

Thankfully we have this footage, to remind us how defenseless we are in certain situations and how brutal being a high school teacher can be.

 

Click on the link to read The Gift of Teaching and the Other Gifts that Come With It

Click on the link to read Add Years to Prison Sentences for Hitting a Teacher

Click on the link to read Teachers Want to Be Liked (Video)

Click on the link to read The Epidemic that is Teacher Bullying

Click on the link to read Teachers Need to Fight Hate With Love

The Gift of Teaching and the Other Gifts that Come With It

September 29, 2016

 

It is fabulous to be appreciated. Teachers are often taken for granted, ridiculed, disrespected and bullied. So when we are given a compliment or a gift, it can make provide the strength and optimism required to manage through the hard times.

I just love this clip. This teacher will never forget the gesture.

 

 

Click on the link to read Add Years to Prison Sentences for Hitting a Teacher

Click on the link to read Teachers Want to Be Liked (Video)

Click on the link to read The Epidemic that is Teacher Bullying

Click on the link to read Teachers Need to Fight Hate With Love

Click on the link to read People Find the Stabbing of a Teacher Funny

Add Years to Prison Sentences for Hitting a Teacher

March 3, 2016

 

If you assault a teacher your legal penalty should be greater than if you committed the same act on a stranger. It is absolutely essential that we protect our teachers by making an example of students like the one above.

 

Click on the link to read Teachers Want to Be Liked (Video)

Click on the link to read The Epidemic that is Teacher Bullying

Click on the link to read Teachers Need to Fight Hate With Love

Click on the link to read People Find the Stabbing of a Teacher Funny

Teachers Want to Be Liked (Video)

February 14, 2016

 

Teachers are not paid to be liked, and sometimes it’s better for the students when they’re not, but it makes the job so much more satisfying when your students care about you. This video above shows what a little recognition can do to a teacher.

 

Click on the link to read The Epidemic that is Teacher Bullying

Click on the link to read Teachers Need to Fight Hate With Love

Click on the link to read People Find the Stabbing of a Teacher Funny

Click on the link to read Imagine if Teachers Were Treated Like Sporting Stars

The Epidemic that is Teacher Bullying

December 21, 2015

 

 

Some will watch the teacher in the video above and think that he looks soft, weak and defeated. I think he handled the situation brilliantly.

Forget about classroom management gurus and 6 step strategies for classroom control, when a student decides that he detests you enough to blow cigar smoke in your face, there’s nothing you can do about it.

The kid in this video is likely to get in a world of trouble. But if I were the principal, I wouldn’t stop there. I would happily punish the entire class for their laughter and encouragement. Shame on them!

 

Click on the link to read Teachers Need to Fight Hate With Love

Click on the link to read People Find the Stabbing of a Teacher Funny

Click on the link to read Imagine if Teachers Were Treated Like Sporting Stars

Click on the link to read Exercise Tips for Busy Teachers


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