AIBU to be pissed off a DD1s I.T Teacher???

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Ok dd1 has came home since the February holiday telling me and dh stories about her IT teacher. In her words "She is grumpy, fat and would sooner yell at you for not listening before hearing your question". So curious me decided to ask my friend who's twins dds are in the same class and I heard similar clames.

While my dd1, who is very tech savvy has no bother, she has told me (and my friend told me her dds said) that if you can't understand her shouts (been told she always shouts for no reason)the you fall behind and get yelled at more.

So AIBU to be pissed off a DD1s I.T Teacher???

seeker Wed 03-Apr-13 08:15:05

grin@coralanne's hugely relevant anecdotes!

OP- what sort of marks is your dd getting?

EvilTwins Wed 03-Apr-13 08:09:03

Coralanne- I disagree. Sorry.

TheFallenNinja Wed 03-Apr-13 06:26:47

No, surely not, a child that says something negative about her teacher.

Classic halfastoryitis

coralanne Wed 03-Apr-13 05:00:20

EvilTwins I wasn't the one wasting 10 minutes. The DC were.smile

I will come clean and say it has been 10 years and another country where this took place. As far as OFSTED is concerned, I am eternally grateful that I have never taught in or had DC educated in England.

Boney The school I taught in was different from the normal run of the mill school. A selective Government school.

But children are the same wherever you live. If they have boundries and guidelines (and a reasonable amount of slack rope) then they will respond reasonably well.

It also helps when parents and teachers are on the same side.

b4bunnies Tue 02-Apr-13 12:26:38

speak to the teacher immediately and recommend a weight-loss programme. tell her you'll be back at the beginning of each month to check her progress, or will delegate the weigh-in to your children on a rota.

encourage your children to be as vile as possible. why not? the woman is fat and dealing with an unruly class. they can really let off steam and no-one will care.

regarding shouting, speak to the school leadership. they will not allow shouting. unless they do it.

fuzzysnout Tue 02-Apr-13 12:26:33

The shouty fat cow. Complain to the head and have her sacked immediately. Perhaps you could start accompanying your PFB poor DD to school to make sure that no one scares her by being too loud or too fat in future.

Her weight and wether your DD likes her or not is completely irrelevant.

if you feel her shoutiness means she is compromising her ability to teach, then it needs raising with the school.

BoneyBackJefferson Tue 02-Apr-13 12:18:19

coralanne

"I just waited. The DC gradually came to the realisation that I really didn't care one way or the other if they choose not to participate in the class.

Most of them were pretty intelligent and decided to participate."

Your school and parents are much different to the school that I teach at.

EvilTwins Tue 02-Apr-13 12:13:52

coralanne - 10 minutes? Bloody hell, OFSTED would crucify you! You sound awfully smug about your genius method of getting students quiet, but wasting that amount of time is ridiculous.

OP, I second all mentions of kids not always using the term "shouting" in the same way that an adult would. I teach drama, and have to raise my voice to bring classes back together- 32 yr 9s all getting on with practical work gets VERY loud. That's not "shouting" though, which, in my view, implies a loss of control.

Blissx Tue 02-Apr-13 12:01:54

You are BVU to be pissed off at her IT Teacher and U to not be pointing out to your DD that that is not the way to speak about people. Stop this incessant teacher bashing and teach your DD that better behaviour is the key. If your DD gets one hint that you will always be on her side and not the teachers and condone bad mouthing them, you will see a slippery slope to bad behaviour and poor grades.

She will not like every teacher she has or will have (did you like all of your teachers and haven't you turned out fine?) or even every colleague or Boss she may have. It's called growing up.

coralanne Tue 02-Apr-13 11:53:27

Sneezing. Possibly not. In a perfect world these classes would have Teachers specially trained in this area.

The last thing they would need is a Teacher who is impatient and shouty.

SneezingwakestheJesus Tue 02-Apr-13 11:41:51

Coralanne, genuine question, would that work for the really rowdy (sp?) classes? What if they decided it was more fun to carry on wasting their own time too? Would you have to adapt it for them?

coralanne Tue 02-Apr-13 11:37:49

NotTreadingGrapes I have never held my hand up in my life.

I just waited. The DC gradually came to the realisation that I really didn't care one way or the other if they choose not to participate in the class.

Most of them were pretty intelligent and decided to participate.

Somewhere along the line, the student has to take responsibility for their own learning. The role of the teacher should gradually become one of facilitor.

By the time they start university they are not going to have anyone yelling at them to do their work.

MissAnnersley Tue 02-Apr-13 11:35:58

I got it tryharder.

coralanne Tue 02-Apr-13 11:29:34

Boney The longest I had to wait was ten minutes.

Then my response was "Well that was 10 minutes you will never get back. I hope your parents will understand if that lost 10 minutes means that you will not progress as quickly as they thought you would".

Subject was Maths.

Tryharder Tue 02-Apr-13 11:25:59

I was being sarcastic about the writing to Ofsted thing btw. The ironic eye brow raise emoticon has disappeared.

NotTreadingGrapes Tue 02-Apr-13 11:23:54

Ah yes, the old hand held up in the air thing and waiting until 30 x 12 yr olds realised en masse they were being unreasonable.

How I cringed when I was observing those teachers. And how the kids took the piss.

GraceSpeaker Tue 02-Apr-13 11:17:26

Sorry - so your daughter actually has no problem with this teacher other than not liking loud noises (good luck with that in a high school)? Why are you leading a campaign to be pissed off at her on behalf of your friend's children? If your friend has a problem, let her talk to the teacher about it on the phone or at parents' evening.

If your daughter isn't making good progress, then it's your problem and you should contact the school.

BoneyBackJefferson Tue 02-Apr-13 11:15:19

coralanne

"I always found that if a class got a bit out of hand the best way of bringing their attention back to the task at hand was to stand and say nothing."

The last teacher I saw doing that was stood there for 20 minutes, the same for the one that would put his hand up for silence.

It works for some classes and not for others.

coralanne Tue 02-Apr-13 11:12:39

Can't really believe that most people on this thread seem to think that the DD is at fault and that it's OK for a teacher to be grumpy and shouty most of the time.

coralanne Tue 02-Apr-13 11:10:44

I don't think that a teacher should be shouting at a class of 11 year olds.

It generally means that their teaching and control strategies aren't up to scratch.

I always found that if a class got a bit out of hand the best way of bringing their attention back to the task at hand was to stand and say nothing.

maddy68 Tue 02-Apr-13 11:01:15

Sounds like a strict teacher. Not always popular with teenagers smile.
I wouldn't say anything and see for yourself at parents evening grin

niceguy2 Tue 02-Apr-13 10:32:55

I know what you mean porridge but at the end of the day it's hard to imagine a teacher shouting for the sake of shouting. It just takes too much effort. And if they are shouting because the class is misbehaving then they shouldn't be misbehaving.

And a bunch of 15-16yr old's should be old enough (and wise enough) to understand that if your teacher has just had a massive bombshell like that dropped that he is likely to be not in the mood for stupid behaviour. And if they don't realise it then they flipping well should learn.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Tue 02-Apr-13 10:31:52

Is this a naice church school in Northamptonshire? If so, your DD is SO right. The teacher may not be there any more, but there certainly was an enormous IT teacher who did nothing but shout. She once reduced a young female teacher almost to tears - it was a fundraising mufti day and the teacher had been sponsored to wear school uniform, but had her shirt untucked!

Better luck next year.

soverylucky Tue 02-Apr-13 10:27:54

Is she shouting to be heard? The excitement of 30 children in a room with computers who are in a classroom that is designed so that not all the students are looking at the teacher can mean that she has to shout to be heard.
Perhaps she is shouting because the children are naughty? I used to teach in a school with really naughty children and I did shout. Probably not the best thing to do - I never shout now because the children are pretty much all well behaved. So if your dd is not enjoying lessons the way to approach this is to discuss concerns at parents evening. I would not rely on what my dd's friends said especially if they were rude children like those mentioned in the op.

I also want to add that the comments about the teachers weight are horrible. I am fat but I have been rated outstanding in all PM reviews of the last 5 years and in an Ofsted lesson.

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