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It is Like Game of Thrones Up in Here!

Orianne is a Canadian teacher who is based in Bristol. In her latest blog, Orianne compares a teaching day to being similar to Game of Thrones.

It’s Like 'Game of Thrones' Up in Here!

Cursing; violence; adult-themed conversations; bribery; competition; struggles for control; and entitlement…sometimes being in a rough classroom can feel like you’ve been plunked into an episode of Game of Thrones, except without the awesome costumes and cool magic.  Then it is all that you can do to keep your cool and remember that the screaming people running amuck before you are, after all, still children.

Between myself and my overseas colleagues, we have amassed quite a list of horror stories from the classroom.   Days like this often prompt the question “What am I doing here?”

But as we find ourselves thrown into situations that we have never seen at home, situations that may confound us or even frighten us, we learn of our students’ backgrounds.  Students who are in foster care.  Students whose parents are struggling to make ends meet.  Students who have been on harrowing trips for immigration.  Students whose family members are in prison.  Students who are simultaneously desperate for a little bit of discipline and a whole lot of love.

And then, out of the blue, sometimes the student that seemed the most like a medieval Game of Thrones warrior will move you.  Last week I taught in a particularly noisy class, with three particularly rough students.  I had to send these three students out to partner classes twice, once for poor behaviour, and once for physically fighting each other.  But at the end of the day, one of the three children approached me softly with her head hung low, and whispered a shame-faced apology.  All my frustration melted away.  I told her it was okay.  I asked her to promise to find other ways to deal with her anger in future.  And I gave her a hug.

Those are the moments that make us realize that we are not trapped in Game of Thrones, doomed to a gloomy medieval fate at the hands of crazed warlords.  Even on the worst of days, there are moments that help us realize these important truths:  These are our students.  We are their teachers.  And they need us.

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Tags: Orianne, Protocol Education, Teaching, Supply, Behaviour, children, Game of Thrones, Canadian

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