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Angry What happened to the teachers? - August 26th 2010, 07:55 PM

I'm in eighth grade now, I know that the teachers will start treating us more like adults, and more grown-up since we're going to high school next year. But does that give them any right to scare the class silent?

My math class is full of kids who don't have the word 'silent' in their vocabulary. I've been in classes with most of them in years past, and even when it is only the second day of school, they won't shut up! My best friend was in one of his math classes last year, and she told me that no one EVER spoke out of turn in his class. No one. My grade is the worst behaved, it has been since first grade, and if we don't stop talking as a whole for the principal, why would we stop for a math teacher? He has us all scared silent. I'm the girl who is the most quiet in my entire grade, and I speak the most in his class. And I only spoke three times, three simple sentences, in his class today. I know that he has to maintain control, but is he really allowed to scare us all like that?

New choir director. She isn't as scary as she is strict. She has only ever taught seniors over at South, she doesn't know how to teach a middle school choir.

I like her personally, but most kids in the eighth grade choir do not like her at all. I like her being strict, maybe we'll get something done this year instead of just singing whatever song we feel like, like we did last year. Going into my sixth year of choir, I prefer her to be like this.

She has set unrealistic goals for my grade. She played us the theme song to The Brady Bunch, and told us to not sing like that. That is not good singing. Which, if you're professional, it really isn't. Then she played us a song that her seniors sang last year, and I know the kids in choir. That isn't possible! Maybe, just maybe, if we do what we need to do, and sing correctly, we can be half as good as that choir.

UHG! Why are all the teachers treating us like adults all of a sudden? We were treated like small children last year, and we were contently compared to first graders. Now they're comparing us to high school seniors? WHAT HAPPENED?
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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 26th 2010, 08:16 PM

Well yes, because constant talking stops everyone from learning. I know it sucks but really it's for the best in the long-term.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 26th 2010, 08:21 PM

I don't want to sound mean or harsh... So I'm sorry if I do.
I don't think that anything happened.
Elementary school is A LOT different than middle school and high school; at least in my opinion.
During the middle school age you're supposed to be maturing and not misbehaving every minute of class time.
Teachers want control in their class room.
And if that means yelling at the students or threatening them with homework or something they will do it.
That was kinda harsh for your choir teacher to say that and compare you to seniors,
but I think that she's giving you guys a goal that she would like you guys to reach.
She wants you guys to get better, and you're not going to get better if you're singing music that's your level or below your level.
You're supposed to challenge yourself, and I think that's what your teacher is doing.
You guys are going to high school next year, and it's going to be tougher.
High school teachers will expect a lot from you, and your teachers are getting you guys ready for it.

I hope that things will get better for you as the school year continues on.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 27th 2010, 09:22 PM

Give it two weeks and your class will start misbehaving.
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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 28th 2010, 06:38 AM

You're going into high-school so expect harder work and more demands from teachers. You'll be compared to high-schoolers and not elementary kids because it doesn't matter what the elementary ones are doing, you won't be with them anymore. Expect to be challenged more because you don't learn by not being challenged. I don't know what you mean by "scaring the class silent" but he sounds like what a high-school teacher should be like. If he's doing things such as having the class be quiet or he'll give people more work, less leniency and demands for correct answers, then he's doing what he is supposed to. It's a big jump to high-school and after a few weeks, you'll get used to it.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 28th 2010, 08:48 PM

"a teacher is a studens natural enemy"
i agree give it some time- no teacher is that good

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 28th 2010, 09:25 PM

what does he actually do to scare you silent? i mean, i've had some strict teachers but i've never felt that i couldn't speak! :/ but then maybe i just can't shut up.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 28th 2010, 09:33 PM

I remember being in the 8th grade, I'll give you my two cents as to why they are suddenly treating you like adults. It is your last year before going to high school you are technically the biggest class in your school right now and you need to set an example for the rest of the classes I know that it may seem like they are treating you like adults all of the sudden but it is for your best.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 28th 2010, 09:57 PM

Basically the teachers are just sick of dealing a kid every two seconds.

When you get to college, It all changes. Everyone is pretty quiet in class because they want to be there. And those that aren't quiet people quite frankly think are idiots.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 29th 2010, 12:11 PM

^ This is true.

Although you may be somewhat confused and shocked by this right now, you're really going to appreciate it next year. It's very character-building to go ahead and get used to being treated like adults so that you're not completely shell-shocked when you get to high school next year.

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Re: What happened to the teachers? - August 29th 2010, 01:26 PM

My teacher threw some kids iphone into a wall, and later on in the year he punched a different kid in the face and got removed.

People were scared shitless of him, but when our class had him, we had top scores in our grade until he left and the sub teacher came in.
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