10 Disrespectful Things Teachers Do

10 Ways Teachers Make Students Feel Disrespected

Let's not make school more awful and stressful for students.

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I'm not a teacher. I've never been stuck in a classroom with 30 kids trying to convince them to want to learn. However, I've been a student, and never have I ever felt more disrespected than when a teacher said or did any of these 10 things. I realize it may be "part of a teaching method," or "just trying to control the classroom," but that isn't a good enough excuse. Teachers can't force students to read, they can't force them to want to come to school, but they can respect students enough to warrant respect in return (even though they can't force students to respect them either). So if teachers avoided these 10 things, I hypothesize that their students would respect them more (and like them more...).

1. "I'll wait"

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I know it's disrespectful when students talk over a teacher while they're teaching, but saying "I'll wait" just makes the students feel disrespected. Trying to squash the disrespect out of someone by disrespecting them is like fighting fire with fire: you just get burned.

2. Purposeful embarrassment

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I've seen this countless times; a teacher asks a question, a student confidently offers an answer, the answer is incorrect and the teacher reacts by either laughing or poking fun at the student's incorrect answer. It can be scary for some students to so much as offer an answer in class, so making fun of their effort will only discourage them from trying. YOU'RE THE TEACHER! The students aren't supposed to know everything yet, so instead of making fun of what they don't know, teach them what they should know. Gently correct and inform.

3. Making fun of their questions

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This relates back to purposeful embarrassment and I'll say it again: YOU ARE THE TEACHER! Students do not come into your class knowing everything, they come into your class to learn what you are teaching. If they ask questions, answer them. Whether it is a question you already answered or not, the student is making an effort to understand (even if they previously weren't paying attention) and should not be condescended for doing so.

4. Correcting arbitrary mistakes

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This goes right along with purposeful embarrassment and is often directly related to being a cocky bastard. For example, if a student asks, "can I go to the bathroom?" you, as a teacher, should NOT reply "I don't know, can you?" because the answer to that question is yes, and you know it. Yes, it is grammatically correct to ask "may I go to the bathroom?" but that mistake does not inhibit comprehension and, therefore, does not need to be corrected.

5. Telling students their OPINIONS are wrong

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The only way to prove opinions is by backing up the correct one with facts. If a student voices their opinion, it is NOT WRONG just because the teacher's opinion is different. However, if the student's opinion is wrong because of misinformation or lack of education, inform and educate them—TEACH.

6. Telling students they will fail

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There is a time when it's reasonable for a teacher to inform a student they will fail: for example, if the student is currently failing and needs to get a good grade on the final, please tell them so they don't fail. Telling a student at the beginning of a semester, before a test, or in reference to an assignment that they will fail is completely unacceptable though. No matter what the student's work ethic is like, you as a teacher DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE the student will fail. There is no need to belittle and discourage them.

7. Discrediting student's achievements

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Everyone's successes are different, and deciding someone else's success is less than yours is not your business. If a student expresses a success to a teacher, they are proud of what they've done: encourage them, celebrate with them, and don't capitalize on what they could've done better or how they could've succeeded greater.

8. Undervaluing what they value

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Each student is unique and has their own set of interests and values. If a student shares an interest or value with a teacher, that is probably because they trust that teacher and want to share with them. However, if the teacher discredits the student's interest, it is not only discouraging but will lead the student to stop trusting the teacher.

9. Incorrect name calling

If you know who this guy is, you get it. But just in case, here's a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw

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This is a big one that I get really heated about. I know teachers have a lot of students and a lot of names to memorize, but names are often directly related to a student's identity and should be treated as such. Teachers should strive to learn their students' names and know how to pronounce their names correctly, especially last names—as someone with a complicated last name, I'm so tired of teachers giving up on reading it. Teachers also need to stop calling students by a name that doesn't match what is listed on the roster because they prefer it for whatever reason as well. That's just disrespectful.

10. Demanding authority, but not giving respect

https://me.me/i/sometimes-people-use-respect-to-mean-treating-someone-like-a-19939415

Saving the most important point for last. I couldn't say it better than the post above. If teachers respect their students by avoiding the other 9 items I previously listed, this kind of situation can be avoided and respect will be mutual.

I've had my fair share of bad teachers, and many of them inspired the items listed above, but I've also had my fair share of wonderful teachers. I know teaching is hard, but respecting other human beings is not. That's what it all boils down to really: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Just ask Aretha.

Aretha Franklin

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7 Ways Work Friends Are Different From Regular Friends

Works friends are different than your other friends, don't @ me.

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Work friends are seriously a special type of friend. You hang out with them every shift and you're forced to suffer through the painful parts of your job together. No doubt, that creates a bond.

1. Your work friends know exactly what you go through with customers.

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You can attempt to explain why the curly headed blonde girl is the worst to your regular friends, but they will just never understand.

2. Your work friends give you advice on your personal life without even knowing any of the people that you're talking about.

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Half of the text messages sent from my phone are composed by my coworker and I when it's dead at work.

3. They basically can't cancel plans to hang out with you, because it's their job to come to work.

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You know you'll get to catch up on everything when you get scheduled together again.

4. They understand your work struggles.

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They 100% understand why you cried when the cash register paper messed up AGAIN.

5. They understand why you hate some of your coworkers, and more than likely, they hate them too.

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It's nice to have an ally that agrees that coworker is literally unbearable.

6. You have secrets with them that no one else would understand

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Work secrets are literally pinky promise worthy.

7. They become your friend in real life on top of being a work friend, so they know literally everything about you.

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Being able to talk to someone about work and have them understand is such a perk.

Work friends share a bond with you that no one else can. They understand your daily struggles in life, and sometimes find their way into becoming one of your best friends.

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The New Beginning I Earned, My Summer Internship

I start my new internship in a new state tomorrow and I have tons of mixed feelings about it, here's the truth.

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I start my new internship in a new state tomorrow and I have tons of mixed feelings about it. I am nervous, scared, excited, and ready for this new experience. It will be nothing that I have gone through such as being in a new place and working in big business. I am excited to see where this will take me in the future. It is exciting because I could potentially have a job similar to what I am doing in the internship and that is crazy. It is all so new and it scares me but I know this will be such a great opportunity for me. It will be a great location because it is Northern California and it is warm every day so that will make the weekends enjoyable.

As this is my last summer before I graduate. I want to learn more about the business world and see what interests me and what doesn't. It is interesting to see what I will like about big business or if I want to be at a smaller business. The number of changes that will occur in my life is going to move rapidly which is kind of nerve-racking. Yet the best feeling is the factor of shock when something great happens that I would have never expected.

It's exciting to see that my future is unfolding in front of me and all of my hard work is paying off and it feels great. It feels surreal that this all happening so fast and soon I will be having my own job after college. This is something that I couldn't have even imagined myself thinking about 3 years ago, and it's actually really exciting. There are so many things I haven't been able to do yet, and now I'm presented with so many opportunities.

I'm so thankful for those who encourage me on a daily basis and all of the support my parents have shown me. I truly couldn't have done it without them. They have been there for me through it all and I couldn't ask for anything more. They have challenged me and I am forever grateful for that. There are many new difficulties that I have yet to overcome, but I know that each of these obstacles will create new knowledge that will put me in a positive direction.

I couldn't imagine getting to where I am today without the people who love me the most. I don't think I would have gotten through it. They pushed me to get to where I am today and have always taught me to never give up. Although it's difficult right now and everything is far from perfect, I have confidence in my future due to what I've been through already. Everything that has happened in my life has led me to this point, and I'm ready for the next adventure. It can be scary but it has taught me that it will all be worth it in the end and I can't wait to look back on it and tell everyone how much of an adventure it has been.

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