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Re: Not letting them get to you
One thing that you may find helpful would be to look at the students grades in other classes and talk to other teacher on their schedule. You most likely will find that the students who cause issues in your classes also do so in other classes. The reality of that will free you from feeling like its you and they have something against you or its something in your personality that makes this student the way they are. You can also ask other teachers what strategies have worked with a particular student.
Ok, so I am a very sensitive person. Some would probably call me a snowflake. Part of this personality means that I care way too much about what people think - including students.
For any other golden retriever types that just want to be liked, how do you keep those few problem students from getting to you?
I deal with around 350 awesome students every day, and maybe 3 or 4 that are mean and disrespectful to me.
I know I need a mindset change of some kind, just don't know how to accomplish that - this is really more of a therapy question than a band director question, but I know some of you have wisdom!