You know, I thought bullying only existed amongst children. These days I haven't really noticed much of it (amongst my students) but that's because many of my children are shiesty. I literally can't trust anyone in my class. I think they're all lying to me when I ask them if whatever they did was on accident or on purpose.
Being back in my hometown teaching children who are growing up here in the now is a strange thing. These kids are nothing like the ones I had down in SoCal. Some parents are on top of things, they read everything that gets sent home but others don't respond to emails, or even try to make contact with you. How's a child supposed to want to succeed if the parents aren't even making an effort?
Anyway, I digress. The bullying that I have witnessed has actually been amongst the staff. Can you believe it? I'm not going to go into any details but just know that Teacher A was getting into Teacher B's face about something. This something wasn't even important-at least it didn't seem like it was a big deal but I guess that's because we're not Teacher A. I'm not sure if the situation got resolved but I was literally dumbfounded by it. I still can't believe it happened. We're supposed to be this staff that supports one another yet we are not a cohesive group. We are supposed to be role models to children and Teacher A is a bully! I've always wanted to work with a staff where we hung out once in a while outside of work. That sort of happened at my old school but not really. There's always been the desire to do it but no one has made the effort. Every staff I work with wants to hang out more outside of work but we're all too tired from spending entire days with 24+ children and the weekends? Forget about it.
We are only starting October and in the first month and a half, I have witnessed bullying and there are definitely cliques amongst the staff which is sort of new for me because at my old school, people were just partnered off. To me, a clique consists of more than 2 people and there's a definite clique amongst the staff and it's lame. Again, we're supposed to be role models.