Small Town, Parents Not Respecting Non Teaching Time!

Carolyn - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I work in a small town, with wonderful students at our school. (100 kids) Does anyone else have a problem with parents who think that you are a teacher 7 days a week and feel like it is OK to discuss their child's issues with you outside of school hours? And what is more disturbing are those parents who are your friends who feel happy to 'teacher bash' all of your colleagues and to tell you what a terrible job they are doing. (So what are they saying behind my back?) Am I being too sensitive. The longer I live here the worse this seems to get.

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Sharon - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Carolyn:

Thanks girls, I lke the idea about talking about different teaching styles and personalities, think I'll use that one. At times I really feel I should give up working at just one school and doing relief (supply) teaching where I can earn the same money but not have the hassles associated with teaching friends' children.



I hate to say it but that has it's own set of problems.  I do relief teaching in my son's school - wonderful classes, no childcare issues, but have a hard time with some friends who want to know the low down on kids in their child's class.  I am constantly saying that I can't go into details about particular kids, and many respect that, but they still ask!

Sharon - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Carolyn:

Thanks girls, I lke the idea about talking about different teaching styles and personalities, think I'll use that one. At times I really feel I should give up working at just one school and doing relief (supply) teaching where I can earn the same money but not have the hassles associated with teaching friends' children.



I hate to say it but that has it's own set of problems.  I do relief teaching in my son's school - wonderful classes, no childcare issues, but have a hard time with some friends who want to know the low down on kids in their child's class.  I am constantly saying that I can't go into details about particular kids, and many respect that, but they still ask!

Carolyn - posted on 05/02/2009

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Thanks girls, I lke the idea about talking about different teaching styles and personalities, think I'll use that one. At times I really feel I should give up working at just one school and doing relief (supply) teaching where I can earn the same money but not have the hassles associated with teaching friends' children.

Erin - posted on 05/01/2009

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I have the same problem and I don't even live in a small town. I teach in a district with 6 elementary schools and there are almost 500 students in my school alone. I have had parents come up to me while I am in the library with my family and give me forms they want me to fill out and ask me questions about how so and so is doing. I couldn't believe the nerve that some people have. I don't think I would ask my doctor to look at me whatever if I ran into him at the store. I have decided that if we move again I am going to look for a place that is not in the same district.

Heather - posted on 04/30/2009

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I have two stock replies that I use whenever that happens. The first is "I really want to talk with you in-depth about (child's name)'s progress without blocking the grocery aisle. Can we schedule a conference?"
The other is: "All teachers have different personalities and teaching styles. Not all kids are going to respond to the same personality."
Teacher-bashing seems to be a national sport these days. Hope these help.

Olga - posted on 04/29/2009

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I go through the samething. My students' parents stop whenever they see me and start discussing their kids. They do think I'm a teacher 24 / 7.

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