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lil  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm not welcome as a teacher, don't know why.

    this situation bummed me out
yes, understandable. It's mystifying to be "fired" from something and not know why. This happened to a friend of mine recently. One week he is getting commended for being the best in the department, the next week he's being told he's "not a good fit" and turfed.

keifermiller suggested something about inane office politics. I suspect that there is something that you don't know. That something might have nothing to do with you. Probably some parent phoned the principal complaining about something.

Did the principal attend any of the classes ever?

    Suffice to say that I got my past physics teacher to utter the highest compliment I've ever heard from him ("You did a good job", the guy is almost impossible to impress and it showed on our grades.

It sounds like your past physics teacher attended one of your classes and thought you did good. He sounds like not the warmest guy - but I'd strongly consider asking him. There are various ways to approach him, including saying that you very much enjoyed giving the short lessons and would like some mentoring on how to do it better. Share the good feedback from the students, but say you wish you knew why you were asked not to come back.

Also, who is the teacher in charge of the Math and Physics Club. Who did you work with scheduling your short lessons - the principal or someone else?

In conclusion: there is something you don't know. You may never know it -- but I hope you continue your enthusiasm for teaching. It might be a calling. Don't let the bastards grind you down.




Devac  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Did the principal attend any of the classes ever?

Nope, not in person at least. Vice principle (is there a name for it?) did attend it quite a few times, even asked a few questions when I was talking about isomorphisms. :D

    He sounds like not the warmest guy - but I'd strongly consider asking him.

I'll do that. About him as a person though, he's actually really nice. But he holds great expectations and high standards for his students. Plus he's a great teacher, nineteen out of twenty-five students in his class are medalists of at least national level Olympics.

    Also, who is the teacher in charge of the Math and Physics Club. Who did you work with scheduling your short lessons - the principal or someone else?

The teacher who's in charge of the club has to attend and it's always them who handle scheduling and actual conduct of the lesson. I send the dates when I can do it along with an abstract of what I want to talk about (usually I'll also send slides in advance), they make a final decision about 'when' and whatever administrative voodoo happens afterwards is not something that I'm privy to. I don't think that it ever needs the principal to give the green light unless the rumours are true and she is our webmaster.

    It might be a calling. Don't let the bastards grind you down.

Dunno. Maybe you are right, but I oftentimes will simply get bored with things no matter if I excel or struggle with them. For instance, I was pretty damn good when it came to dancing, loved it to be honest, and now I just don't find it fun. No grinding me down or bad event that I could relate to it. It simply stopped being something I would like to continue doing. There are quite a few things like that already.

That said, I'm far from lacking enthusiasm at the moment. Frankly, I almost want to become a good teacher out of spite. ;)

someguyfromcanada  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I would like to be a good teacher but it is not my calling.

My Mother and Father were both highly rated teachers. My brother and sister are both highly rated teachers. I have accepted the fact that I am a shitty teacher. Although my clients and friends regularly compliment me on how I can simplify things to make them understandable, patience is not my strong suit and I can choose my clients/friends but not my students. So I can get frustrated with people I see as slow to understand. That is a horrible trait for a teacher as one should inspire every student. I do not. That will never change, or more correctly I am not interested in working hard on changing that, so that is something I accept. If you do see it as a calling you have to know your weaknesses and work hard on those. Having a talk with the Principal, Vice-Principal, teacher to see what there honest constructive criticism is would be a great start.

Regardless, I do agree that many workplace "problems" are just stupid office politics and you can not work hard on changing that from the outside. Try another situation or ten and see how that goes.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sounds like you could still do a YouTube series about stuff on the matters of your interest.

romkeh  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    For instance, I was pretty damn good when it came to dancing, loved it to be honest, and now I just don't find it fun.

Maybe you just need to find a new dance partner. Same goes for the lecturing.