You are awoken abruptly by the sound of a neighbour merrily dancing around the garden, cheerfully pruning a rose bush. The sweet smells of freshly cut grass invade your nostrils as you jump enthusiastically from your bed.
Refreshed by your recent holiday, your thoughts turn instinctively towards the day ahead, and the inevitable pleasure that this will bring. Being a qualified teacher in 2007; a truly joyful experience. If you’re retired that is.
The reality of teaching today is that student behaviour is deteriorating fast, and teachers are left stranded and helpless to pick up the broken pieces. The emotional anchor around your neck, pulling you under, as you gasp for air. Wondering where it all went wrong as you thrash around frantically, desperately trying to grab hold of something solid.
Teaching in a 2007 classroom can be a draining experience. A lack of support from above, and a lack of respect from below, conspires to make you question your chosen career. A toxic combination of guilt, shame and embarrassment paralysing your social life, as you plough on through the monotony of yet another taxing term.
If this sounds familiar then you’re not alone. Teaching is harder then ever, and it isn’t getting any easier. A divorce of rights and responsibilities, and a breakdown in the traditional values of respect, have made classroom management almost impossible.
A huge ticking time bomb of youth irresponsibility, just waiting to explode in your face. Just ask an older more experienced teacher if student behaviour has gotten worse over the years. Just be prepared for the inevitable barrage of laughter that comes your way.
Everyone knows that classroom management is getting harder, yet few seem to want to acknowledge the problem. Certainly not the senior leadership team in your school, who sit blindfolded and merry, meticulously designing yet another proforma for you to complete. Since when did meaningless paperwork ever solve the problem of rude and aggressive student behaviour? Even if it is completed on an fancy piece of paper, designed carefully by your dedicated six person leadership team, while you’re toiling knee deep in swear words and aggression.
If only the world knew what teachers go through on a daily basis. The press, the government and the rest, completely oblivious to the poisonous nature of many of our classrooms. Unaware that thousands of teachers are left without the antidote.
Surveying the profession is a depressing experience. Teachers worn out and washed up, their hopes and dreams millions of miles away. Looking for a way out, but trapped for life, surrounded by a never ending cacophony of inappropriate student behaviour.
But it’s not all doom and disaster. In every school, there are teachers who stand tall and brave, marching on fearless and unruffled, while dancing to a very different tune. Yes, the classroom management techniques of old may no longer work. But it is still possible to control and manage even the most difficult classes. If you’re properly trained that is.
Teaching has changed for the worse, and it’s not going to change back. If you want to get back on top, and discover again the joys of this profession, then you need to change too. Stop flogging to death the same old tired classroom management techniques that worked so well in 1987. This is 2007, and if you want to survive you need to get with the changes. And fast.
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The article above was published on the Infet website on the 20th May as part of the Classroom Mangement 101 blog’s ‘recommended by Infet’ status.
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