I strive to be the best teacher I can be but I'm also aware of my shortcomings. I'm not the most organized and I'm very lax when it comes to classroom management. Are you aware of yours? Do you try to fix it?

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I am absolutely aware of my shortcomings. I am harsh in my judgments of others, then I end up walking back my judgments when I find out the truth. I am messy. Okay, messy doesn't even cover it. I am a wrecking ball. My desk--some C4 would fix it. But, when it comes to instruction and classroom management, I am right on it.

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Agreed! I am there with you! I am making it a goal to hear my students out and try not to be quick to judge. That’s a very bad habit of mine as well!

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You are a great teacher just the way you are. There are no perfect teachers. I can relate to how you feel, but that does not make you any less than anyone else. No one else can fill your shoes and do what you bring to the table.

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We can all relate. It takes time to figure you what works best for you and which battles you want to pick. Just pick systems that are simple enough that you can keep them going. Consistency is key.

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I too am disorganized, and have other short comings as well. Some I try to fix, like my reaction to negative feedback, and some I'm okay with keeping, like being disorganized. I guess for me it comes down to thinking about what short comings I can learn to work around and still do great work and what I have to fix in order to grow as an educator.

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Yes I am aware of my shortcomings, but I never let it show, I always say it’s like acting... you have to put on a face and start your day happy, no matter what is happening around you. Highschool is hard for classroom management. I really think they just want someone to listens for when they ask for help, even though we explained it 30 times, we act like it’s not a problem. Lol We all faults and it’s great to recognize them. ❤️

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Are... are we the same person? These are my exact shortcomings. I work on them but when I feel bad I remind myself that my strengths are areas other teachers often struggle with!

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I’m in the same boat in regards to organization and class management. This is because it reflects my personality. Fortunately, in my current school, classroom management looks very different from when I worked at a public school. I struggled a lot from that end. However, students will still exhibit similar behaviors no matter the school environment (public vs private etc). I have a better understanding of my dealbreakers/bottom line so I know when I have to draw the line. But for me, going forward I know I have to consistently practice/enforce those positive behaviors early on in the year (which is something I’d often be lax on).

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I think I am aware of my shortcomings to a fault. I am extremely hard on myself, and this being my first year I feel that everything is going wrong. I had this idea in my mind, and a plan in place. I was an EA last year transitioning into my first year as a classroom teacher. So I was ready and then covid happened and now I feel that I’ve had to build the stairs as I am climbing them. Given students more chances than I’d normally do. Let things slide that normally I wouldn’t allow. Then I remembered a little grace is allowed for an unprecedented year as such.

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NME1--As adults, we need grace. My kids have eight teachers, and hard classes. (Many are in AP courses, as I teach mostly upper classmen.) I know that I need a little grace here and there--I try to be mindful of the fact that the kids are as unprepared for living through a pandemic as the adults are.

I’m pretty organized in my workspace, but I’m right there with you in the classroom management area. I’m working on it, but sometimes I feel like I’m in a losing battle. It’s always just certain kids that tend to do it, but every class has “that kid,” so I need to learn to figure it out somehow. It’s hard.

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Dunning Kruger Effect. People who think they are great generally just have no idea how bad they are. Awareness and improvement are the best we can hope for.

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KMS1--Nobody said that they were GREAT. We said that there are areas that we are aware of that needing improvement, and there are areas where we are strong.

I know I am a cluttered mess, but I love my kids and I always try to do what’s best for them. Trying to stay organized just makes it harder for me to teach effectively. It hampers my personality.

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I'm organized and have a handle on classroom management...beem doing this for a long while...however, ia horrible with letting go and letting my students...example working in groups...i know the importance but for me if feels like chaos that is not organized...every year I have to make myself continue to do group work..will it ever be easy

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Yes, this is my issue. I like quiet since I have some attention issues myself.

I hear a lot of you talk about being disorganized. I call it "differently organized" . I have a co worker who likes to tease me about having a "messy" desk, but knows if she ask for something I know exactly where it is. lol. It's all in how you look at it. My short coming is holding on to items I know longer use. I have moved around a little, in same school district. I always think before getting rid of something, I may need that later.

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Me too!! You never know what tools might be effective in different circumstances.

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No. It is too difficult to determine much about my strengths and weaknesses as a teacher because I have had so few stable years since I began this profession in 2009. What am I supposed to conclude from the last two years? How am I supposed to assume that the practices that worked prior to the pandemic will work in the post pandemic schooling environment? What I can say is that I survived one half ideological cycle in education. In the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2007-2008 the notion of common standards started to emerge and with it the idea of rigorous testing. It’s roots lay in the weak labor market following the financial crisis and the desire to dismantle of the remnants of organized labor. By 2013 it was rolled out and received immediate push back from the wealthy who rejected the notion that their children be required to demonstrate proficiency on any exam that they can’t game. By 2017, this testing regime was completely dead and we teachers were back to “building relationships” which were undoubtedly forged through awarding grossly inflated grades. Then the pandemic hit and now we have the situation where the entire school system everywhere has set fire to any notion of standards of proficiency. So here we are back in 2009 but in much much worse shape comparatively.

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I am aware. I have great overall management but I also get lax in some things. It just gets tedious saying the same corrections all day. I've been teaching a long time and I've yet to find a solution and every year there is a new issue. For me this year it was cell phones.

Same here, which is why they have become an issue....as well as AirPods

I am aware of my shortcomings and I’m always trying to be the best and stay on top of things. I have great organization when it comes to planning and desk. My classroom management is good but can be better.

I’m the same! It’s really part of my personality. I don’t want to control their behavior with force, and I try to be organized! I’m getting there. On the flip side, I have great relations with the students, they’re happy in my classroom. That’s what really matters. They need to know that I truly care about their well-being.

Me too!

I was just told today I will never be proficient because of my short comings. We need to be mindfulful of how we, the teachers, speak to our students how about administrators think about how they talk to us. As a person with a disability and who has worked hard to get where I am, I know I still struggle but it does not mean I don't wake up and put my best effort into what I do everyday, just like I tell my students.

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