July 11, 201413 comments
by Dave Orphal
My friend is being fired from her teaching job.
As sad and sympathetic as I am for my friend, I cannot say that I am surprised. I’ve known this teacher for several years, and I’ve seen the burn-out coming for the entire time of our friendship.
This teacher has been using language like “those kids” and “the kids” for a long time. Listening to her refer to students like this, as opposed to talking about “my kids,” is a red flag for me. I know that when I stop referring to my students as mine, then I’m flirting with burn-out and with phoning in my job performance.