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  1. kpa1b2

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    School starts tomorrow & I'm not excited. Last year was a rough year with parents. Tonight was parent orientation.

    One child has already been transferred out of my room, another one was apparently in the office trying to get their child out of my room. The 2nd one I understand. . .their older daughter is tutored by this other teacher. I should have thought of that & put the younger one in that class. The 1st one, I have no idea why. I'm upset about it, only because I'm tired. I know that if they don't want to be in my class, they will just cause problems.

    I'd really had hoped to get a different grade level, but that didn't happen. I'm still hoping that they will post a reading specialist & that I get that position.

    I'm burning out & I need a change. Top everything else off, dh is having severe back issues.. . .he's experiencing tingling down his leg & he can't get into his dr. until Monday & he doesn't think it's severe enough to go to er (he still has control of his bladder). Grr. .. .don't need that on top of everything else.

    Done venting. Now to find some excitement & motivation.
     
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  3. SCTeachInTX

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    Wow friend. That IS a tough day. I would work hard this year to build parent relationships. Your name could go through the parent mill with a few kids making parents ALL want other teachers. Work on building bridges this year. It will make your life easier in the long run no matter what position you get in the future. Good luck!
     
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    :hugs: Could dh go to an urgent care place instead? As for the transfers, it sounds like a blessing in disguise. Hope tomorrow is a good day for you!
     
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    My new mantra: this will be a great year, this will be a great year....
     
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    :hugs:
     
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    That's funny! :lol: I always say "I love my job. I love my job."

    I can definitely sympathize on the parent front-I had 2 parents move their kids out of my class last year-one with much drama. I was told by one of the aides today that a parent already stopped by the school to ask about what kind of a teacher I was (luckily, she's a fan because I taught her son). I am also really trying to put on my game face this year and try to please as many parents as possible-it's just an added stressor.
     
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    I'm sorry. Try to stay optimistic. I know, easier said than done. Best wishes.
     
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    The start of the new year can be unusually stressful when parents begin making those kinds of requests. I can see how it would make you feel bad but like someone else said, it could be a blessing in disguise. I hope tomorrow turns out to be a great first day of school for you!! Try to get some rest tonight and remember that your classroom full of little ones is so excited and nervous too. Let us know how it goes.
     
  10. Tasha

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    I'm sorry. On the one hand, parents who want to change do cause more trouble, but on the other, the P is allowing parents to call the shots and that is just not good for school morale. Try to let go of it and and focus on making those parents wish they had stayed by being a fabulous teacher. :hugs:
     
  11. giraffe326

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    Hang in there. (You must teach at a year-round school if you start tomorrow in MI!)

    I am d-r-e-a-d-i-n-g this year as well. 2 out of 3 fourth grade teachers left mid year. They are horribly behaved and behind academically. Oh joy.
     
  12. kpa1b2

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    Giraffe,

    It's an 11 month school year. We're back already because the state has decided in it's almighty wisdom that since we are an 11 month school year, the kids can not be out of school for longer then 6 weeks.

    I'm feeling better this morning. Still not gung-ho like I should be, but in a much better place then last night.

    Normally, our P stands firm on classroom changes by parent request so I don't know what happened last night. If they want out of my room then get them out.

    It'll be a great year! It will be a great year.
     
  13. Aliceacc

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    Honestly, don't let this nonsense bother you. It's entirely possiblie that it's something else that prompted the change-- as in "I don't want my child in Johnny's class again, they had a big fight this summer" as opposed to anything having to do with you. Particularly if your principal normally stands firm on frivolous requests.... there's no reason to think that this is any different.

    I've decided to have a fabulous year-- why don't you join me?
     
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    I hope you have a great first day of school.:)
     
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    Thank you for a good laugh this morning!! I read your post thinking that the teachers that left were horribly behaved and behind academically. What a funny thought:lol:
     
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    Feeling much better. Only 10 kids showed up, but we are starting a week early, so I'm thinking that several are on vacation. Those that came last night for Orientation are here today.

    Found out that my P did not okay the change. The parent said somethings to the teacher & the secretary enough half truths or plausible things that they didn't question it.

    I don't know if he knows the story or not. My personal opinion is if the parent wanted their child out of my room that bad, I'm better off without them.

    The ones I have so far, 1/2 way through Day 1 have been great!
     
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    I'm so glad!!
     
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    Well, it is not far from the truth for one of them....... :eek:hmy:
     
  19. kpa1b2

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    Well 2 more are being moved out of my room. 1 was the one that I mentioned earlier. Another is a returning student. Neither parent is getting the teacher they want, they just won't have me.

    Neither my P or I thought about the fact that in the past we've leveled our classes & I've always taken the low class. (& I still would given a choice). I apparently have a rep for having the class that doesn't seem to make as much progress as the other classes. Meaning that they are not reading above grade level by the end of the year. My classes have always started really low, i.e. knowing very few letters, no sounds, maybe a few numbers. But, they have always made awesome progress, just not to the level that some of the other classes have. We've never really said that our classes were leveled.

    We should have thought about that. My P said that next year he would move me out of k. Give me a fresh start in a different grade.

    I'm trying to keep a positive outlook.

    On the good side, it was another awesome day!
     
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    That happened to us last year. We had ability grouped in 2010-2011, so parents and kids freaked out when they were put with a certain teacher last year. It took a few months to finally convince everyone that they weren't in the "dumb class". (Their words, not mine!)
     

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