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      Work is really starting to pile up. Had to stay late today... so tired. Graded a million papers.

      On the plus side, my students really liked their lab last Friday. They raved about it today ("Miss! When are we doing out next lab? That last one was so cool!") and took pictures of themselves with their finished products. Their groups had graduated cylinders, and 7 different liquids to organize by density in their cylinders - they guessed on the order. If done correctly, it makes a beautiful "density column" and the liquids stack on top of each other without mixing. I add food coloring to some so it looks like a rainbow. They use dish soap, water, rubbing alcohol, mineral oil, vegetable oil, syrup and honey. They learn about density and measuring, but mainly, it's to teach them the scientific method.
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      Sad. Had a bad day today, well, at least for a portion of it.

      I was talking with one of my co-teachers from last year at lunch. She's a very young, brand new teacher. I was her only and first support teacher. This year, she has a new guy as her co-teacher, a man who previously was a sub. He's not a science teacher, nor does he have any ese experience. My friend Dan said his first interaction with this guy was him showing up 15 minutes late and coming in announcing "Sorry I'm late, I had to take a shit."

      Anyway.. I started talking to her about co-teaching stuff, and she quickly said "I'm just happy because my new co-teacher actually takes initiative. No more having to give directions to my co-teacher." Ouch. I just said "Awesome. Bye!" and walked away. I did not know how to respond to that...

      A couple weeks ago she said to me, after I said "I miss co-teaching with you!" she says.. "I'm actually a lot happier with my new co-teacher because he shows up everyday." I thought this was rude thing to say, but I always believe in giving people a little wiggle room. I feel like sometimes people say things or word things in ways they don't mean.. but after today's comments too, I realize this lady is not my friend.

      In my defense, I couldn't show up every day last year. I shared the period with another teacher and classroom. I also had a mountain of paperwork constantly. I did the best I could. And my intentions with people are always good. I certainly didn't try to not have initiative.. I'm just not able to read her mind. I also know that one thing I should NOT do is try to take over someone else's classroom or talk over them, etc. I always err on side of respect with my co-workers. I feel really sad that she felt that I didn't meet expectations, but I also think if I had "taken more initiative" she would have felt disrespected. Unfortunately, I think she's in for an awakening with the new guy when he starts having to write IEPs and stuff, too.

      I think the best way to handle this is to gently ask her why she felt that way, and approach her with love. I'm not going to be spiteful. I'm going to try to understand her, and say something like "I'm sorry that you felt that way. It certainly wasn't my intention. I hope we can have a better working relationship in the future."

      I will say this, though. It's not uncommon (in my experience) for women to hate on other women. It's happened to me so many times in my life, I can't even count. And.. this explains now why I've had so many bad dreams with this co-teacher in it...
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      That was sad to read, I feel like she really could have been more respectful... I am not a teacher or anything but I would absolutely have been the same as you with regards to behaviour; I would let the other person be in their role of leadership and actually let them lead, trying not to step over their toes, etc. Normally I only take initiatives in that sort of situation if I'm absolutely sure it's a good idea but a lot of times, I feel it's a bit like you suggest it could have been, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't...

      Anyway, not being spiteful is probably better since it also lets you walk away from it more calmly one way or the other. I hope you feel better tomorrow, anyway.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DarkestDarkness View Post
      That was sad to read, I feel like she really could have been more respectful... I am not a teacher or anything but I would absolutely have been the same as you with regards to behaviour; I would let the other person be in their role of leadership and actually let them lead, trying not to step over their toes, etc. Normally I only take initiatives in that sort of situation if I'm absolutely sure it's a good idea but a lot of times, I feel it's a bit like you suggest it could have been, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't...

      Anyway, not being spiteful is probably better since it also lets you walk away from it more calmly one way or the other. I hope you feel better tomorrow, anyway.
      Thank you Dark. It makes me feel better to have friends that are understanding.

      Today while I was getting ready to leave one of my other co-teachers classrooms, she was staring at me. I decided best thing to do is not make eye contact, be engaged with with what I am doing (talking with Ms. Y.), and be unaffected. If she makes another comment I will question compassionately, but otherwise I think it's best to just avoid without being rude or anything. Keep contact minimal and professional. I think this because I think she was looking for a reaction from me, and I am not going to go there. Nor am I going to grovel and apologize when I shouldn't. Not that I don't care, I do, but I think this is more an issue with her expectations combined with poor communication than my performance as a co-teacher.

      I feel a lot better.
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