Hi, I'm a first year teacher and am having problems with a few of the teachers in my school. There are a handful of teachers who have been teaching for probably 20 years or more, and are incredibly negative and huge gossips. I try my hardest to just listen and not contribute to anything being said, and I don't bring my personal life to work with me, as they all do, but I'm finding it really difficult to just listen anymore. I'm really close to telling them to get lost and leave me alone, (I'm not one to tell people off, at all). But it seems like they all come to me to vent their problems, but I can't figure out why because I don't give them any kind of reaction. I know they go to each other too, but then they come to me about each other. It's seriously driving me crazy! I feel like we are the students, with all the gossiping and backstabbing going on. Does anyone else have to deal with this at all? How do you handle it without losing your temper or making yourself nuts?! I think I really need to know that there are teachers out there who are actually mature and know how to behave like adults.