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“If you’re not sweating by first hour, you’re not teaching”, “Don’t let me walk in the room and see you a$$ sitting down”, “ You should leave everyday exhausted” just a few quotes from our new academic supervisor. I find these extremely offensive, but since this is a supervisor any advice on how to handle this situation?

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Here’s the reality…principals and supervisors pass through, you’re there to stay. The only thing they can do is a observation write up for your permanent file, which let’s be honest, no one ever looks at. As long as everything you do in your room is in the best interest of your students, your academic supervisor has little power. I would also add if you are sweating while moving around teaching, you might have a physical issue that needs attention. I am interested though… is this supervisor new to the district or young? This kind of position seems like they have something to prove. Finally, when you hear comments like this, it’s usually by someone who doesn’t have the skills to actually teach. Here’s a great suggestion which I have actually used…If you supervisor says this again, please ask them to do a demonstration lesson so you can actually see what they are trying to get you to do. That shuts them up every time. After teaching for twenty-seven years I’ve realized that teachers have more power than they think.

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I have been teaching for 30 + years. I have never claimed to be “teacher of the year”. I do know that I do my best with the tools/knowledge. Know your craft. Observations have been “procedure”. I get disheartened if I see a score I believe to be less than what I might feel I deserve because I know I put my heart into my work. I try to think of it as constructive criticism… it can only make me better. However, if and when I have felt the administrator is full of shit … I have turned the tables and asked… how would you have handled it/what are some of your suggestions… a professional and one who wants to see you succeed will offer you their ideas. (which may or may not work). The administrator who is there for procedure likely won’t offer suggestions. Take your score or results with a grain of salt.

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Wow, if nothing else that's incredibly ableist. (Not to mention a perfect recipe for burn out.) Not all of us can be up and walking around all day. And with long covid, that's only going to become true for more of us. It might take some tweaks, but I can 100% be a great teacher while sitting at my desk most of the day. I have my tech set up in ways that support this, my students grab everything they need on their way in so I don't have to get up to pass things out repeatedly (this also helps smoothe transitions), sometimes my students help each other, they can always get up and come over to my desk when they have questions, and I only get up when there's something that all of these other systems don't address. If you have tenure/job security (or know someone who was also shocked by these comments who does) you should totally push back. I think I'd write an email saying something like, here's a list of the reasons these particular things you said are wrong, problematic, and dangerous... If you have any peer-reviewed research supporting your comments please share.

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What happened to the concept of “If you are doing your job right, the kids leave exhausted and you are energized “?

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Personally, I never agreed with this concept. If you are doing frequent checks minute-by-minute, you will be tied at the end of the day. I frequently have walked 15,000 steps at the end of the school day.

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I pretend to do what they say when around and do whatever I want when they aren’t. https://youtu.be/Q4NVcQ_EOYw

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I’m glad y’all enjoyed it. I have it running in my head quite frequently. 🐧

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File a bully/harassment complaint against the JOKER

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Maryland !! Are we related ?? Yes let these people know that we are in a PROFESSION!!! We’ve done our crawls many of US- allow us to now RUN our classrooms and to TEACH!

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He should be fired. He has no idea what’s going on.

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I’m behind my desk and shield. I have google meets with my small groups in class. No ma’am. Why should you be tired? What subject do you teach? After you teach a concept the students need time to process and practice or collaborate with classmates. You can walk around and assist as needed. Out dated thinking.

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I love some good, solid independent work or group / pair work! We can't be teaching lecture hall-style every single day.

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Sounds like this person doesn't value self care or respecting the teachers that fall under his/her leadership role. I'd say just do your job well and let the work speak for itself.

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I had a Dean like that once. If your good, and can prove it, try "My data says leave me alone, so go harass someone else."

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It has been my experience that supervisors like that are trying to make a name for themselves, and tend not to stick around for the long haul. They are in upward mobility mode. So lay low, do your job, and don’t say or do anything that will attract his attention. He/she may be new at the position and will move on once a better thing comes his/her way. It is concerning when you might be in the crosshairs of this person through no fault of your own. Just do your best job possible and don’t attract attention.

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Correct! The students should be tired at the end of class.

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Yes! It’s that good kind of tired from feeling fulfilled by taking the initiative and becoming engaged by what we design and activate to happen. We good teachers are involved before, during and after each lesson. For me, during the lesson is a lot of action but not interference.

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In my mind… I picture a former high school gym teacher who decided to get his admin degree because he was doing so poorly at his job teaching. Why else would he tell you to “sweat?” I doubt that’s part of the job description. “Must be able to lift 25 pounds and sweat buckets. A$$ cannot touch seat all day.”

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I would have just laughed and said, "Ok buddy" and then walked away.

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Document every interaction you have with them. I feel like they can’t be trusted in the future and will make it seem like you’re not working as you should.

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Boooo. I hate this. What do they want from us?

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Well, I was just telling my husband, when people ask what I do for a living, I am going to tell them “I am an entertainer!” I have to be animated, lively, and quick in order to keep the attention of my audience (students).

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That’s funny! I’ve always told my husband I put on 5 shows daily, Monday-Friday. Also, as I’m closing the door to my room, my team members can always here me say, “Show time at the big top!” They laugh everyday…so do I!!!

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Those who can’t teach…

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So true.

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Never heard of anyone saying that. I believe you, but it sounds like he’s really stressed to the max.

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Many supervisors hate it when we even stand next to the board. It’s such a joke of irrelevance being perpetuated by people who should know better.

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Also let them know that you know your rights and you won’t let anyone harass or bully you . make sure they know you are alert and they will leave you alone .While you are fighting for your rights be the best teacher that you can be serve your students and their parents.These are your allies.

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I mean... I'm sweating, but that's because we don't have AC. Sounds like they know nothing about motivating a team or have any respect for the profession. Document everything, and report. If they ignore you or your concerns and that's the "route" the district wants to go, and they don't take your concerns seriously, I highly suggest finding another district. However- it's important that you encourage others in the district who feel the same as you to voice their concerns and report said statements as well. And, maybe most importantly, If you have a union, get them involved as well.

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I'd ask him for documentation that supports the idea that these are hallmarks of excellent teaching.

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