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Posted on February 24, 2015 2:54 am
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araseS
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Teachers don't get along
The teacher in a classroom along with the intern in the classroom do not get along with the assistant. I notice this is hindering the work ethic of the 3rd grade class. What can be done about this?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 24, 2015 2:48 pm

Sapypu
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This is a tricky situation, especially if you're not directly part of this team. It also depends on whether or not the teacher and the assistant are AWARE that they don't get along. (I know how that sounds, but it's not as far fetched as it seems). If they are aware of their inability to work together it might be a good idea for the two of them to sit down with the counselor of the school and see if they can work out why they are not getting along, or at the very least come to some sort of agreement or understanding. If the class is truly suffering, and you can see that is it indeed caused by the teacher and the assistant (rather than the third graders finding some reason to stall on their work) if might be best if they can try switching assistants for a few days to see if that improves the work ethic of the class. If it does, it might be worth the time to try and see if a switch of assistance is possible.
When it comes right down to it, the assistant and the teacher need to get over their person feelings for each other and do what is best in the interest of the class. As harsh as it sounds, the kids come first- no exceptions.
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Victoria Horn
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I would see what the problem is and talk to administration about it.
  Posted on: February 24, 2015 6:41 pm

uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:33 pm

eQyVuj
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Excellant suggestion!
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 3:52 pm

vaguPe
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Thanks for that input, will keep note.
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 4:46 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 26, 2015 8:59 pm

Dameju
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I think the best first step would be to have a private meeting with the three of them (and perhaps a mediator) so that they can air out all their feelings and grievances. Not everyone is going to always get along, but if some common ground is found, it will make life much better for the classroom, as it is not only impacting the teacher / assistant relationship, but the effectiveness of the lessons for the students as well.
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Candice Greene
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I think this is a great suggestion, the teachers shouldn't let their personal issues get in the way of the students learning.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 6:18 pm

eQyVuj
eQyVuj
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That is very sad that adults take this situation into their work when they are surrounded by children
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 12:51 am

vaguPe
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As adults or better yet teachers, they should abide by certain aspects being professionals.
  Posted on: March 2, 2015 4:47 am

eRuPeT
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I'm sure I will have opposing views with this comment, but I believe that all teachers are very prideful in their work. When that pride is hurt, you become defensive, just like your students do if their pride is injured. When teachers disagree over methods/resources/notes/concepts chosen, it may feel like a personal attack. Now I know as adults we should be professional and work towards a common ground, but just think about feelings in tow.
  Posted on: March 11, 2015 8:31 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 2, 2015 12:04 am

Rachel Antis
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I feel that the best solution in this situation is to act professionally. As teachers we are role models for our students and we should work out problems like adults. Speaking to one another is what should occur first in order to understand why there is a problem in the first place. Then the teacher, intern, and the assistant should discuss what they should do in order to work through their issues in order to maintain functionality in the classroom. The most important thing is the students and their work ethic and working together should be a main priority.
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Solution 4
Posted October 5, 2016 7:19 pm

PuWupe
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This is a situation that I have experience myself as the intern. I think that the teacher and the intern should show respect and not talk about that person in front of her. If it is interfering the class as a whole, then they should be called to the principal office and the situation be addressed.
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Solution 5
Posted March 10, 2015 12:25 am

qaqeHy
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A conference with a neutral third party would be a good start to resolving the issue. Not liking other people is normal but must be dealt with in a professional manner and as adults they must learn to work through it. Some type of solution must be found because to continue on in such a way as to rob students of their precious learning time is unprofessional and unethical. The person mediating the conference must be neutral for some real progress to be made.
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Solution 6
Posted March 11, 2015 1:28 pm

ynusuM
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Unfortunately, this is a problem that requires administration help. A conference must be set up with them and an administrator to see what the problem is. If things cannot be fixed, hopefully they can be separated into different classrooms.
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Solution 7
Posted March 16, 2015 1:17 am

ugevyX
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It is important to remember who you are there for. I think it is crucial to put aside differences for the good of the students.
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Solution 8
Posted March 2, 2015 4:11 am

JuMaPa
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Separate them.
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