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  1. Lisa
    May 09, 2011 @ 21:53:56

    It is ridiculous how adults often conduct themselves as they once did in the schoolyard – marking territory, sabotaging others, desperately trying to be ‘top dog’, etc. As you say, it’s particularly detrimental when youth are involved.

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  2. bornstoryteller
    May 09, 2011 @ 21:56:50

    Li..sometimes what I’ve seen/heard in schools (I have taught in I don’t know how many schools over the years) would curl one’s hair. I’ve also experienced some amazing people. But yeah.. a lot of pissing contests happen. Ego vs. why they are there.

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  3. Tori
    May 09, 2011 @ 22:01:26

    Do you have to deal with the TAs for very long.

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    • bornstoryteller
      May 09, 2011 @ 22:14:20

      Tori..right now, I am a Teaching Artist. I was a classroom teacher for the NYC DOE as a Drama Specialist. When I was in my room, I had team teaching classes with a wonderful woman. I miss working with Laura. But..I also had a lot of the negative issues from some of the other teachers when I had to “push in” (for whatever reason I could not work in my own room). Again, territory. At least there, they could leave. The few times they stayed..well, lots of “hrmphs” happened.

      I love being a TA when the CT is my partner. I felt that especially with my Process Drama classes. That teacher was very easy to work with and very supportive of the whole thing.

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  4. Jessica Brant
    May 09, 2011 @ 22:34:57

    Stuart,
    I have to hand it to you. I could not be a teacher I would wind up going to jail for punching someone out at the NYC DOE..
    xoxo
    Jess

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    • bornstoryteller
      May 09, 2011 @ 22:41:54

      Believe me, it’s not just the NYC DOE. I’ve taught in New York (all over, not just the city), New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri and more..and in Great Britain as well. Territory-ism is something that happens, and not just in education. It’s just sillier in education (to me). They complain about the cliques and the bullying and in fighting of the students, but they do it themselves. I won’t eat in most teacher lunch rooms for a reason.

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  6. Harvey Heilbrun
    May 10, 2011 @ 02:57:09

    It’s hard to maintain classes attention when the CT is not listening to you. There’s a quote that I use (don’t remember its source), “If you’re not modeling what your teaching, you’re teaching something else.”

    Those teachers as well as similar parents, who have difficulty getting their kids to listen don’t realize that their students/children are just mimicking what they are seeing.

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  7. Marty
    May 10, 2011 @ 13:00:48

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised that students subconsciously pick up conflict between CT and TA. It’s not a healthy environment to teach when that happens, surely. As a group worker and former support worker, I’ve seen this happen in action.

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  8. bornstoryteller
    May 10, 2011 @ 13:02:30

    Marty, yes, they do. If the CT ignores and won’t participate, why should the kids? A number will do it no matter what, but for the rest, it sets a very bad example.

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  9. Melinda
    May 11, 2011 @ 01:05:56

    Teachers, I know since I am one, can be very territorial. But I used to love it when people came in. Anyone who was willing to be with my kids (severe special needs) and treat them with respect was very welcome. I had a great team – teaching experience with a tech teacher once. We did a thing on ads, helped the kids make mini-movies, etc. It was awesome. She was sick of teachers who only wanted her to let kids use the computers for wordprocessing and I was sick of both counting pennies all day and having people treat my teens like three year olds. It was a refreshing change for both of us. Thanks for sharing your sharing your experiences.

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    • bornstoryteller
      May 11, 2011 @ 01:13:34

      Melinda..I am so glad you’ve had some great team experiences. When they occur, real classroom magic can happen. I’ve had wonderful experiences…really, a lot more wonderful ones. When I was the chair & Special Projects Mgr for the integrating curriculum project, it involved having a Theater/English teacher team up with the Social Studies teacher in their school

      Overall, there were many super experiences. A few real clinkers..the ones who felt you can’t teach them anything new. The students are the ones who suffer in that case.

      Thank you for writing, and sharing.

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