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Posted on October 18, 2014 11:39 pm
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eduhaz
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Mrs. Frank has worked for several years with Mrs. Smith. They are not only co-workers but also friends. Mrs. Smith is extremely negative with her students. She yells at her students often, and unfortunately, the students (and some parents) do not care for her at all. Mrs. Smith wonders why her students are doing so poorly. Every year she complains that she "always gets these kids". How does Mrs. Frank handle the situation? Does she talk with Mrs. Smith, an administrator, or leave well enough alone?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 19, 2014 1:49 am

qaWeBu
qaWeBu
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As a professional peer of Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Frank should approach Mrs. Smith carefully about the situation. If they are both friends then chances are the conversation should go well. She should explain to Mrs. Smith that she is concerned with her as a peer and should ask if Mrs. Smith needs help with anything as she might be overwhelmed. This would allow the conversation to open up into the main problem.
An administrator should only become involved as a last resort and leaving well enough alone is not healthy for anyone involved in the situation.
As a teacher, we want to help each other in any way we can and become a support system for our peers.
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raWubu
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I completely agree with this solution. An administrator should be the last one called. If the teachers are friends they should be able to have a respectful conversation about the manner.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 2:04 am

unuhaj
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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2014 11:52 pm

Jody Carter
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Mrs. Frank should first attempt to discuss these issues in a positive manner with Mrs. Smith perhaps even share some modern literature on classroom management involving teacher attitudes and expectations in regards to student performance. If this does not work, then an administrator should be consulted and an observation, impromptu, should be scheduled. This way, Mrs. Frank does not receive any negative effects from the results of the observation.
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unuhaj
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  Posted on: March 13, 2015 1:12 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 19, 2014 6:42 pm

aGeVyQ
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I agree that a conversation should be had with Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Frank should have a very candid conversation with her since they are friends. In my opinion, some thing deeper is going on with Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith may need to go see a therapist or a counselor to get to the root of neagtivity. I feel that adminstartion should get involved because parents are involved. I think administration should address it with her and provide her with support and professional development in the area of building rapport with students.
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Solution 4
Posted October 19, 2014 8:39 pm

geQyVe
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Mrs. Frank needs to speak with Mrs. Smith regarding her frustrations. If this does not resolve itself then she needs to speak with an administrator regarding Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith impacts students every day. If she is impacting them negatively then this needs to be reported. Mrs. Frank needs to continue up the chain of command until something is done. At the end of the day there are many teachers in this same sinking ship. Some people just need to get the heck out of education before they try and ruin more lives.
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Solution 5
Posted October 19, 2014 11:34 am

Maria
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Mrs. Frank should try and get to know Mrs. Smith outside of school. They need time to talk about themselves as people and not as educators. You never know what people may be going through outside of work.

If they are truly friends then Mrs. Frank should feel comfortable talking to Mrs. Smith as a professional. Administration should step in and try building a mentor program that will allow all teachers to vent their concerns to someone not on their team. Building a positive culture is part of the administration's responsibility; however, it is up to us to build positive relationships within our classroom as well.

Mrs. Smith could also work on building positive relationships with parents by simply calling twice a year to say positive things about their children. Send a message to parents that you are all on the same side and that Mrs. Smith will look for the best in all of her students.
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Solution 6
Posted October 11, 2015 7:13 pm

dubaNu
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I believe that Mrs. Frank should talk to Mrs. Smith and explain to her that her students may be getting discouraged because of her behavior and attitude.
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Solution 7
Posted October 19, 2014 9:14 pm

QyWyBy
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Since Mrs. Frank and Mrs. Smith are close friends, Mrs. Frank should talk to her about the situation. She should tell her that she hears how she yells at the students and rumors are around that everyone else knows about it too. She should tell her that her students will respond better to her if she turned it down a bit. I would not talk to an administrator about this because of the fact of being friends.
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raWubu
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I agree with this solution. I would go about the confrontation in an non-offensive, professional manner.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 2:02 am

unuhaj
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