What did teachers do that frustrated you

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Franziska has often noticed that there are no worlds between her and her students. But there are some things about them - and their parents - that she still doesn't understand.

Generations of schoolchildren are always affected by change. This is particularly evident in trends and educational methods, which experience an upward or downward trend depending on the decade. My parents like to say: It used to be different. In the past, babies were treated differently. In the past, young people were less likely to get away with it. And there is some truth to it: I feel, for example, that the anti-authoritarian upbringing was born after my youth and the receipt for it is now in my classroom and discussing me in the ground. As much as I consider myself an open person, there is a lot that I lack understanding.

School time as an investment

It starts with the readiness of my protégés to teach, no, to go to school. Even before the start of the school year there was a meeting of my new seventh grade, to which only a few parents and pupils came. As a teacher, it seemed to me that there was no interest. And in fact, the youngsters who have to fight for good grades in school today were missing. In my family, schooling always came first, but it seems to be less the case with many of the families of my students. That certainly has nothing to do with the zeitgeist. These students already existed when I was at school. Still, I can't explain why so many don't care about education as a means of investing in their own future.

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An office supplies paradise

Another topic is all the more important to children and young people, and that concerns material goods. The debate about uniform school clothes is driven again and again by this development alone, but too many are reluctant. At this point, there should be no discussion of the pros and cons. Just the statement: Many students are more busy smoothing out their (supposed) Burberry scarf than paying attention in class. Nor do I understand why young people bring whole washbags instead of pencil cases, but why they cannot mark a text with their eighty-two million different colors. A student of mine recently brought a whole bag full of washi tapes with her. I myself like to stick all kinds of things with the colorful adhesive tapes, but I still can't make sense of it in school.

Acute endangerment of motivation

Parents are another phenomenon in my day-to-day work. On our last parenting day, 50 percent of them transferred me without any deregistration. Seeing my time wasted so frustrated me. Apart from that, I now have the most absurd discussions with mothers and fathers. A week ago I called the mother of a high school student. Her son had given the answers in a test. I gave his test and that of his classmate a six based on a fraud attempt. The mother then discussed with me on the phone that she found her son's motivation for my lessons now seriously endangered, after all I returned a bad grade to the correct answer from her child. I admit that this argument left me speechless.

Praise in the sandwich principle, please!

A colleague reported about a mother who complained to her that her daughter's German work did not include feedback based on the sandwich principle (praise - suggestion for improvement - praise). She, too, sees her child's motivation acutely threatened by such negligence. The parent did not accept as an excuse that the student in question got a six in the exam and my colleague simply couldn't think of any praise.

The fact that I'm getting frustrated at the end of the year probably makes the wrong impression. I'm not fed up with my job or my clientele or their guardians. And if I'm being completely honest, a lot of it isn't all that new. When I was there, the Didl pencil cases felt like they were bursting with useless things and in case of doubt my parents would always have taken my side. The changed perception is very likely also due to the changed perspective.
Nevertheless, I would like to say to the students again and again: Go to school! Use the time! And take us teachers seriously!

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