What is her issues? 10 points for the best answer. Thank you?
She always tells people that her bosses dislike her because she is an African American and has her Master’s from John Hopkins University. She believes her bosses are racists or intimidated by her education. the unfortunate truth is every years she has been asked not to come back to work AKA she gets fire.
I know for facts that she is a kind and loving lady. Althought I tend to think she is not the best worker because she likes to talk and does not get her jobs done as fast as others. She is now distress and depressed because she thinks her bosses treat her unfair.
What do you think? What is her issues? How can she improve herself?
P.S. I am only 22. She always talks to me about her problems. I feel obligate to give her my thoughts.
Thank you so much for your kindness
Administrators evaluate teachers ALL the time. I have already had one and the principal pops in at least once a week. Because of this she is getting feedback all the time. If the administration isn’t doing it, she as a teacher, should be doing it anyway. Thats basicly 1/2 the job of a teacher. To constatly be assessing if what you are doing is working in your classroom or for you.
Honestly I would just listen and say “Oh, that’s too bad”, “Really?”….generic answers that wont get you between a rock and a hard place either way you look at it. I really don’t think it would be a good idea to call her out. She may put this same blame on you as well.
2) She is a woman , so probably does get some discrimination because of that. TRUE
3) She has an excellent education, probably better than her bosses. TRUE
4) Bosses are indded intimidated by people with better educations or smarter than they are. TRUE
5) She is kind and loving. TRUE
6) Liking to talk is a detriment in a teaching job, often. TRUE
7) Working slowly is a detriment in a teaching job. TRUE.
1) It is unlikely that she will be happy in her current position, over the years.
2) She has wonderful potential and ability.
3) She can find a niche where she can be welcomed.
4) I think she would do better as a community college teacher.
5) I think she would do better in a suburban or rural school district, not an urban one. In the others, her education would be more valued.
6) I think she would do better on the West Coast, like Sacramento, because there her education would be seen as more special than on the East Coast.
7) She should not teach in public schools, with No Child Left Behind. Better to look at the private school arena.
8) She would do well with a Non-Public School setting, where the kids are often minority…especially at high-school level, where she could use her “talking” skills as an asset, not a liability.
9) She would do well in a setting where quality is valued over hurry, such as working with Gifted but Learning Disabled college students, perhaps in a Disability Helping Center.
10) Ask her to contact the head of the English Dept., a female English teacher, at Cosumnes River College, Los Rios Community College District. She is similar– a very bright, highly educated African American woman–who may have ideas on work in West Coast colleges–if your host mom is able to move to the West. She would offer excellent advice. (Don’t contact her if can’t move to West Coast–would be bothersome).
Good luck! She’s just not in her niche, yet…but could be, soon.
I seriously doubt this has anything to do with race or her education. I can’t imagine (especially on the East Coast) that she would be the only African American teacher in her school. Perhaps she needs to sit down with the administrators and go over her evaluations. It does sound like they may be getting frustrated with her work ethic. If she would talk to them about how she could improve, she’d probably be a lot happier.
A way to improve oneself is learn from past mistakes and look for a bad pattern/habit that she can change.
I would suggest to her that if she feels she can’t get a fair shake in teaching, maybe she should pursue other positions that are related to teaching and that take advantage of her education.
Also, I can tell you are uncomfortable hearing about her problems . . you are a guest in her house, and she shouldn’t expect you to be her therapist, at least I wouldn’t. You could suggest to her that if she’s really feeling depressed, she should seek professional therapy before it gets worse . . . maybe the therapist can also spot why she gets fired so much.
Some people really honestly do believe that they’re never wrong and everyone is out to get them. When people come to me complaining about others and how they’re unfair, I just say “Well, just do the best you can and be the bigger person.” That usually makes them think twice as well.
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