I hate my students
I have been teaching for 6 years and this year is by far the worst group I have had the displeasure of working with. They tire me out every single day. They’re 10 and I LOATHE THEM.
They’re rude and inconsiderate, they don’t follow instructions and they’re constantly fighting with each other. I’m usually very patient and understanding but these children have drained me dry.
I have NOTHING left to give. I’ve tried positive reinforcement, I’ve called their parents, allowed natural consequences to take effect but nothing works with them – they just don’t learn.
They are special needs (a mix of mildly, moderately and severely intellectually disabled) which in and of itself is tiring and then pair that with their social and behavioural issues and you have a rotten, draining bunch of a-holes.
When someone reprimands them they smirk like arrogant little twits; I repeatedly remind them of the rules which they blatantly ignore.
I can’t teach because I’m too busy managing their behaviour and preventing arguments and physical altercations so I’ve resigned myself to handing out tasks without any sort of explanation/demonstrations and then marking and failing them accordingly.
Please, I don’t need you to tell me that I am doing these already disenfranchised children a disservice by not trying harder because its been 4 months and I have had enough.
I will not put my mental and physical wellbeing on the line to try to help these ungrateful, inconsiderate churls. I don’t get paid enough for that. I AM DONE.
- I’ve got nothing helpful to add, just sending you hugs. It is very clear you are doing your best to get through to them.
- Just went back to teaching after being a sahm for 7 years. I’ve been absolutely appalled by the behavior of the students and their families. Everyone is so entitled and completely out of touch with reality.
- This seems to be beyond you, as you said you’re not paid enough to take it… If you’ve already asked for solutions/support from the principal and the parents, and have tried everything you could, at this point just do your best to survive this year.
This is a systematic issue, it is not your job to fix these kids, and although in an ideal world people would probably love to “save them” or “be that one person that changes their lives and teaches them a valuable lesson”, that’s not necessarily how this is going to work in real life, because these are individuals who are negatively influencing each other without any kind of guidance or effort from their parents to help correct that. Be proud of having tried everything you could, and from the bottom of my heart good luck.