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Posted on February 22, 2016 6:37 pm
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A Very Disliked Teacher
I have a teacher at my school that is from Afghanistan. He has a very strong accent, has never taught in a classroom before and sometimes seems insulted by women giving him advice. There are several students that give him a hard time because they have a strong military background in their family.Two of my students have lost family members in the war overseas. The parents do like him and the students do not like him. He does not have a a warm and welcoming personality and he is very strict. This is his first year teaching and it is going disastrous. I do not like what I over hear the students saying about him. Administration has not stepped in to assist on either side because I think they are nervous about his reaction. If you were a fellow teacher, would you try to discuss this with the teacher or just let the situation play itself out.
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 2, 2016 6:13 pm

Melissa Dison
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In this situation, I would be very friendly with the teacher and would let him know that you are there for him as a resource. Once you have built some rapport with him it will be easier to give him advice - plus, the advice would probably be better received. It is really important for teachers to connect with their students. I would make sure he realizes how important this is and would let him know what you do in your classroom to get to know your students. Ask him if he is open to accepting some help. If he is then it may be a good idea for you to seek help from admin. It is a good sign that the parents like him; however, since the students don't like him he needs to change his teaching approach. Also, if the students are making inappropriate or rude comments about this teacher you should address their behavior just as you would address students in a bullying situation. Their negative attitudes towards him will only hinder him from establishing relationships with his students.
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Solution 2
Posted February 25, 2016 10:37 pm

BeMyDu
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If this was a colleague of mine, I would definitely try to help him out. The first thing I would suggest to him is to let the students and their parents learn more about him and see him as a person. This can be done during a class activity where everyone shares their background (where they grew up, etc.), who makes up their family, what they like to do as a hobby or in their spare time, favorite place they lived, etc. It is much tougher to dislike someone, once you get to know them and share commonalities.
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Solution 3
Posted February 24, 2016 1:05 am

Chelsea
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I would personally try and get to know him. In this case, it may be helpful to model by example. Even if he appears grumpy or uninterested, I would do my best to be friendly and welcoming towards him. As for the students, if you overhear them speaking nasty things about them I feel that it is your right as a teacher to ask them to stop.
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Solution 4
Posted February 25, 2016 11:59 pm

aNaQev
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I would attempt to discuss the situation with him in the lightest manner possible.
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Solution 5
Posted October 13, 2016 8:26 pm

gyVyPe
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If I were another teacher I think I would help him out. He does not realize that he is coming off too harsh or mean. I would simply ask him how things are going and see if his reaction is positive or negative. I find it i important to let him know about the statements being said about him and the classroom.
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Solution 6
Posted July 11, 2016 1:52 am

PuWupe
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If I were his co-worker, I would try to talk to him but first asking how his classes are evolving. Maybe he will open to suggestions, or maybe not; I am pretty sure that trying to ease his first year as teacher would not hurt anyone.
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Solution 7
Posted October 10, 2016 12:14 am

PeQyGa
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I would offer my help in lessons. Give him some advice in making the classroom, lessons, and work more welcoming and enjoyable to students and parents. If he still does not respond to this then it would be in the hands of admin.
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Solution 8
Posted February 24, 2017 4:41 pm

nick morse
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Try and get to know the guy and understand where he is coming from.let the students know that they don't have to like him, but they must respect him as a person and to stop talking behind his back.
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Solution 9
Posted March 4, 2017 2:22 am

Shelby Farrell
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Since the situation is ongoing, in school and in the United States, I would try to address the issue with administration first. Administration will have a much better handle on situations such as these.
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Solution 10
Posted October 11, 2016 10:03 pm

yNubas
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If he asked for my advice I would definitely give it to him. I would give him solutions to some of the issues at hand. I think that if administration is not doing anything there must not be that much of an issue. I remember that there were some teachers that I did not like all that much but I had to find a way to get along with them.
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Solution 11
Posted February 22, 2016 9:21 pm

Victoria Horn
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I would talk to him and let him know that there are students who seem to have a strong opinions about him. As a teacher we should give advice but we cannot change a person. I would possibly have administration observe him.
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Solution 12
Posted July 6, 2017 5:52 pm

MeRepe
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I would definitely try to help him out. We live in a world where everyone is critical over little things when we are just all human. We can't change how other perceive us but we can react in good ways. I would provide him support and let him know that I am here to help him out if needed. Also let him know that we all have a common goal of bettering our students and if he wants acceptance he should also accept others. Like when woman try to give him advice for example.
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Solution 13
Posted October 3, 2016 8:16 pm

PumuMu
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This is interesting
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Solution 14
Posted October 8, 2017 7:58 pm

Maritza
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I think that it would be important to have a conversation with the students about diversity and tolerance. The students need to understand that only because the professor is from Afghanistan, it does not mean that he is a criminal. It is importan to learn to respect people for their personality and ideologies and not their countries of origin.
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Solution 15
Posted February 24, 2018 9:04 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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I would extend my welcome to the teacher and let him know that I support him. I would make sure to be friendly with him in front of students, to show them that he is a good person, as well as my friend. Other than that, I would let the situation play out. If he were to bring it up, I would talk to him about it and offer help however I could.
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Solution 16
Posted March 3, 2018 4:23 pm

Chelsea Navarro
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I would come in and discuss with the teacher that you are here as support. Maybe find students you have in common, and strike up conversation that way. Ask him about his country, how this school year is going, etc. I guess schmooze him!! I would then just continue to find common ground. Ask him if there are any concerns he has, etc. People like to talk about themselves. I am sure he is very intimidated by the culture, as well as trying to establish his role with students. He is a first year teacher, and gaining control is going to be his biggest battle. In the middle east, men control everything. If he is used to being in control, but lacks the control here... how do you think that feels? He is probably struggling, but too ashamed to admit it as it isn't in his culture to do so.
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