New teachers make mistakes. I made more than my share of them. Learn from this and remember, do better. Most of the teachers that you work with undoubtedly have stories to tell just like this one. One incident like this is not going to get you fired... especially considering that you recognized your mistake and...
Best answer: New teachers make mistakes. I made more than my share of them. Learn from this and remember, do better. Most of the teachers that you work with undoubtedly have stories to tell just like this one. One incident like this is not going to get you fired... especially considering that you recognized your mistake and apologized, that makes a significant difference.
Just focus on doing the best you can with developing a positive and useful relationship with your classes. If the principal wants to discuss anything, just play it honest and straight up, good teachers know very well how easy it is for new teachers to make mistakes, especially with the wonky effort that a DipEd does with preparing teachers properly for their job. I personally believe that teaching courses should take responsibility for training teachers, at least to some degree, in class management, rather than throwing them to the wolves. If they did that, maybe more people would stay in teaching.
I was a teacher for a few years. I had good classes and bad classes (often the fault was my own, whether they were good or bad classes)... I had one class which had this student... well, there were a few frustrating students, but there was this one that had absolutely no interest in or intention of going along with the class. He would literally wander around and harass the other students, all I could do was send him outside, and I couldn't keep doing that forever. The school's position on this student was that they would rather have him in class than out on the streets... in spite of the fact that he was ruining the lessons for everyone else. One day, he refused to leave, and I grabbed him and told him to go. Yes I know, totally not an OK thing to do. I fairly quickly apologized to the class after doing that. And yes, I had to explain myself. I think the other teachers understood that it was a noob mistake.
Funny thing is... after I did that, all the other students were suddenly very well behaved, and got on with their tasks. The chaos disappeared for a little while and there was a moment of respect and co-operation. That doesn't excuse what I did... but, perhaps there is something to be said for teachers having a bit of leeway to scare unruly teenagers, just a bit, into taking things seriously.
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