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Re: Not letting them get to you
We are one of the few cultures that actually waste time with disruptive kids and unproductive adults. In some other cultures the teacher is respected and revered. In some of those cultures education is a privilege and learning is taken seriously by families. Those societies don't waste money and time on misfits who CHOOSE not to learn or make their kids learn. Think of all the money that we waste on the discipline problems and knucklehead adults in our society. Think of how that money could be used on the kids and families who are working and trying. No, I don't have a solution or I don't have any that many would embrace or accept. And that is because of the mindset that has been ingrained over here. We are like hamsters on a wheel. We keep dancing around the problem but don't really solve it. I think it's because the politicians and others don't want it solved. We need to wake up and grow a pair over here. Sorry, rant over. I'll go back to yelling at kids to get off my lawn.
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!