it wasn’t me

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I didn’t do it, mum

She picks on me.

It’s really upsetting, mum

How unfair she is,

All those after school detentions,

None of them deserved.

Oh, I can keep my phone though,

Can’t I mum?

I get so annoyed at how much kids lie! I should have known when I got into this profession. And yet, I still find it utterly surprising whenever I hear the fibs.

The kids that I teach (regardless of Year group) cannot take any personal responsibility for anything they do, and I wonder how this is all going to work out when they get to the workplace. Will it continue?

I have had four parents write into the school since Christmas, all saying that I treat their child unfairly. They all say that I’m picking on them and that their little angels have done nothing wrong.

I had one child who had a scab on his knee and took it upon himself to wipe some of the blood and gunk from his knee on another student. He also gets up and walks in front of me when I’m teaching and sings loudly over me. His mum wrote to say he finds it very upsetting that he has been in detention again when he has done nothing wrong.


I had to take a big breath before I answered that email. Wish me luck on another day in paradise tomorrow.

Much Love

Rachel xx

11 thoughts on “it wasn’t me

  1. Margot Kinberg

    It is so annoying, isn’t it, Rachel, when parents believe their little darlings without reservation. Of course, there are teachers who mistreat students. But in the main, they do not. All the parents really have to do is talk to the child’s other teachers. Chances are good that if the student misbehaves in one class, that student does so in other classes as well. I’ve found that when teachers work together to present a situation to parents, they’re a bit more likely to take a concern seriously. Doesn’t always work, of course; there are some parents who simply will not believe anything negative about their child. But more reasonable parents will at least listen.

    1. patientandkindlove

      Funnily enough, I did email this parent and she was super supportive. I think that a lot of parents do support teachers but they can charge in quite quickly thinking we have acted out of malice. This mother ended up being really lovely.

      1. Greg Dennison

        True. But now that I think about it, they probably also learned a lot from all those people who have amassed millions of followers on YouTube by making videos of themselves being boorish a–holes.

  2. K.L. Hale

    I heard those words a lot. Sadly, there are many many adults who carry the same trait. Humans are messy and imperfect. This world is messy and imperfect. For all the negatives you hear from kids, find the positive and try hard to remember that is why you’re doing what you’re doing. I hope you have support!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻💕

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