Whenever someone gives me suggestions on academic writing I always go into fight or flight mode.
Last night, I had to "shush" a grown woman.
Not once, but, technically, 4 times since there were 4 of them all sitting together. Three of four are my seniors by about 10+ years, but all of them should have known better.
Now, I'm usually the FIRST one ridiculing presenters for not being a living demonstration of what we'ere supposed to be in our classrooms. I demand that people be engaging, prepared, and qualified before giving them my undivided attention. That said, there is a big difference between texting quietly under the table and having a full on conversation that distracts the entire room. Misbehavior is misbehavior, but when you start impacting everyone else, that's a problem.
One of these teachers I knew, so I did what everyone else in the room was to shy to do: Ask them to lower their voices or step outside to finish their conversation. The teacher I knew said "It's not me. It's them talking to me!" Is that real life?Did this teacher just go full student on me? I calmly told her that none of that mattered and that I knew she was better than her behavior.
This is not new behavior from this teacher. No surprise either that this teacher yells at their students and demands absolute obedience and silence at all times. You know, one of those teachers that takes selfies all class but screams at kids for texting. When confronted with simple requests for courtesy, this teacher always response with "they just can't handle how real I am" or something of the like.
This teacher is 100% right. This is reality. There are some people in this world that are so damaged that they constantly seek attention in all the wrong ways. They want to be the star of a show that isn't even happening. They want to be seen and heard while never returning the courtesy.
This teacher is right that most people "can't handle it." People in general are conflict averse and don't want to spend a night that is supposed to be about our students arguing with some obnoxious adult that is so starved for attention that they are willing to derail something positive.
The teaching profession has an image issue. Regardless of where teachers teach, we don't get the respect or recognition we deserve. Teacher like the ones from last night are why. They left to quickly after the event for me to finish talking with them, but knowing one of them, I'm sure I'll get another shot.
I want them to know that they embarrass me because they embarrass themselves.
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