A Dramatic Change In Behavior

| Learning | July 24, 2017

(At the time of this story, I am in the seventh grade at a K-8 elementary school. My homeroom teacher is known for being a bit of a drama queen, and on this day, students in our class have been talking despite his multiple requests not to.)

Teacher: *to the talking students* “I’ve asked you multiple times to stop talking!” *to the class* “Why don’t any of you respect me? I’m doing my best to teach you and prepare you for your futures, and instead you ridicule me and make fun of me!”

(The teacher is nearly in tears at this point and his voice is cracking. It should be noted that while I had heard people talking about his propensity for drama, I had never heard him made fun of or ridiculed.)

Student: “Mr. [Teacher], nobody makes—”

Teacher: “Yes, they do! I’ve heard it! I am your teacher; I’m supposed to be respected, but nobody does!”

(At this point a teacher came in from an adjoining classroom and escorted him outside. A few minutes later he returned, composed, and continued the lesson. We never saw him again after that day, and we were all a bit glad to be away from the drama!)

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