three teaching challenges

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  1. priyaanka

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    hey!
    what are three main challenging things you have experienced being a teacher?:whistle:
     
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  3. Emily Bronte

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    In no particular order...1. Lack of motivated students. 2. Not enough money for even standard school items 3. Low pay relative to level of education. 4. General disrespect of the profession. By lack of motivated students, I mean there are a lot of kids who would just rather know what is the answer so that they can get it done.
     
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    1. Students who have trouble with sustaining thought (problem solving, deductive reasoning, etc.)
    2. Students with disabilities which are not being treated in any way, who do not have IEPs.
    3. Social promotion.
     
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    My challenges:
    1. Students who can't read in 4th grade!
    2. The rate at which parents change their phone numbers and never tell me.
    3. People who are not team players.
     
  6. Ms.H

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    My challenges:
    1. Students being too content with mediocrity or doing just enough to get by (or less...), deciding whether or not they feel like doing their work on any given day
    2. Keeping up with the mounds of paperwork and planning and feeling like I'm doing well enough in light of the large responsibility that teaching is
    3. Watching the ways students can be so hurtful to one another, in large and small ways (there is only so much a teacher can see and do...)
     
  7. cutNglue

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    1. other adults
    2. needing deaf students to use their eyes appropriately to pay attention to the speaker or what is going on around them
    3. developing student independence skills
     
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    1. other adults
    2. needing deaf students to use their eyes appropriately to pay attention to the speaker or what is going on around them
    3. remembering all the little details of things I gotta do
     
  9. Erin Elizabeth

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    1. Behavior management
    2. Un-supportive parents
    3. Unrealistic State and Federal goals and sanctions
     
  10. Missy99

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    Non-teaching duties (PAPERWORK and lots of it)

    Time wasted trying to control students

    Spending my money on the students
     
  11. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    1) Note-taking skills
    2) Proper time management and trying to balance my social life with my school life
    3) Students missing classes
     
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    1. attitudes of entitlement, often reinforced by parents
    2. no $$ in budget for simple things - like copy machines that work!!
    3. too many students per class so I don't feel like I get to connect personally with each kid as often as I know I need to (plus sooo much paperwork per kid!)
     
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    1.) Unrealistic goals set forth by the government.
    2.) Paperwork (IEPs, Progress Reports, Monthly Rubrics, etc.)
    3.) Having students who move in and out of the program.
     
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    Here are my weird e-school Top Three:

    1.) Getting / keeping students engaged enough to hand in their work in a reasonable amount of time.
    2.) Keeping track of 160 students I may not see until Graduation Day.
    3.) Dealing with a plethora of technical issues (like one student whose laptop caught on fire) that make 1 and 2 difficult.
     
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    Getting a job with health benefits and job security. :rofl: No seriously, if you know of one, call me.

    People thinking all I do is babysit, or color, or play all day because I work with very young children.

    Parents that want you to "fix" their children in 3 hours a day, so they don't have to parent.
     
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    Wow! A lot of things other have mentioned on here are in my top 10, if they aren't in my top 3! It's hard to narrow it down to 3, but here it is:
    1. mediocrity being acceptable/entitlement/lack of motivation. Honestly, I can't really separate these, because in the end, they produce the same results, and, to me, they seem to go hand in hand a good portion of the time.

    2. behavior - so much class time is wasted due to disruptive students, and I really can't stand the lack of manners students have. The violence and lack of respect (cursing out teachers, etc) that I see are also a part of this.

    3. time management - whether accomplishing my goals in class, or my goals as far as prep and grading, there never seems to be enough time!
     
  17. each1teach1

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    ha! I originally thought 1) students 2) parents 3) administratos.

    But really I would say:
    1) Behavior- students who don't want to learn monopolize my time and waste the time of the students who do.

    2) Huge class sizes- my smallest class is 26 kids (substantially smaller than my other classes) and I'm starting to consider that small.

    3) Lack of supplies- the "class sets" provided by the school are usually smaller than my class so I have to fill in the gap in creative ways.
     
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    1. staying organized and keeping room/desk tidy!
    2. Parents who don't understand education and push their kids horribly.
    3. Coworkers who won't cooperate.
     
  19. teachin4ever

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    Here are mine:
    1. Principal who micromanages everything and who bends over backwards to make the parents happy, even if it means throwing a teacher under the bus.
    2. Parents who do their kids' homework for them so they don't fail a class.
    3. Trying to teach a math class to students who are at different levels.
     
  20. priyaanka

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    hey!
    thanks for sharing all of your ideas.... :clap:
     
  21. teachall

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    Bumble you must be teaching in my school. Parents who change there numbers without telling you. Or better yet the ones who have cell phone that they set to "Sorry the caller is not available and you can't even leave a message":(((
    2. Students who act up and then get upset with you for punishing them. Always the same problems.
    3. Not having all the resources at the beginning of the school year.
     
  22. Miss J. Pre-K

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    1. No real planning time--an hour in the classroom while some of them nap doesn't count in my book.

    2. All the rules and regulations that a pre-school has to deal with, but I teach pre-k in elementary.

    3. Parents who never read to their child, point out letters, count with them, etc., but fully expect their child to be on target for kindergarten.
     
  23. Ms. Geography

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    1. Students not taking responsibilty- either not having the supplies they need, not keeping up with assignments, or not applying themselves.
    2. Administrators & Parents who expect to know why the child is not passing when the child is absent a lot or won't work when they're at school.
    3. Students not coming to me with the background knowledge in social studies because ss is not a tested area.
     

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