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Episode 2: Kids Aren't the Only Bullies!

Teacher Misery

Release Date: 09/19/2023

Book Teaser: Chapters 2, 5, 6, 12, 16 from More Teacher Misery show art Book Teaser: Chapters 2, 5, 6, 12, 16 from More Teacher Misery

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For something a little different, Lauren reads a few chapters from my second book More Teacher Misery. These include Chapter 2: Disgruntled Debbie & Other Teachers You'll Find in Any School; Chapter 5: “Your Ass is Getting Huge” & Other Things Kids Said to Me during Pregnancy; Chapter 6: Butt Chugging & Other Fun Activities; Chapter 12: Interview Questions & What They Are Really Asking; and Chapter 16: “Sorry for the Incontinence:” Real Notes & Emails.     

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Episode 22: Briefly Missing Teaching But Not Really show art Episode 22: Briefly Missing Teaching But Not Really

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Lauren has nostalgic feelings about teaching for the first time in a year... how graduation used to make us feel important and emotional, but is it really honorable anymore considering all those kids who shouldn’t graduate? Is teaching college any different/better than secondary school? Is eaching grad. school the answer? What it’s like being a corporate trainer and how the money outweighs the boring stuff... how weird and awful remote teaching was... We need consequences for violent behavior... Is ODD a real thing? How does everyone have ADD/ADHD? Unbelievable things kids do with no...

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Episode 21: Teachers Are Human Too! show art Episode 21: Teachers Are Human Too!

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Lauren welcomes Jaclyn Kirby, author of Teachers Are Human Too. They discuss why she decided to leave the classroom after only two years, how there need to be a lot more opportunities for natural SEL to occur in the class, how teachers cannot have any reaction to trauma, how they destroy the things we spend money on, the time a fart made Lauren cry; there’s no right way to handle a student fight, how sometimes you have to laugh during horrible situations, the weight of not being able to help kids with terrible home lives, and how hard it can be to be the young, new teacher. If you like what...

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Episode 20: Awful PD and Batshit Crazy Teachers show art Episode 20: Awful PD and Batshit Crazy Teachers

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Lauren and DeAndre discuss the most useless and humiliating professional development sessions they had to endure, such as a 4-hour-long training on Microsoft, including how to send an email, country line dancing, and reading from a kindergarten book while in a parrot costume. They also discuss batshit crazy teachers who are completely ineffective yet can't be fired and students who look up their teachers on the internet and how damn creepy it can get!

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Episode 19: Teen Slang and Sex Ed. Questions show art Episode 19: Teen Slang and Sex Ed. Questions

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In episode 19, Lauren and DeAndre review various slang terms provided by middle and high school teachers and try to identify them. Then, we discuss some of the dumbest and weirdest sex education questions that students had the audacity to ask their teachers. This is a very inappropriate and hilarious episode! If you like what we’re doing, you can support us by rating us 5 stars, subscribing, and telling a friend! Also visit teachermisery.com and I just opened a gift shop… teachermiseryshop.com!  

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Episode 18: Sarcastic School Psychologist show art Episode 18: Sarcastic School Psychologist

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We talk with Dr. Julia, a former school counselor and psychologist, who runs the @sarcasticschoolpsychologist Instagram. We discuss teacher stress and anxiety before and after COVID, how bad admins keep their jobs in a state with no tenure, the lack of options for teachers outside of the teaching field, how much SPED teachers are expected to do and keep track of, the lack of creativity in teaching, how there’s no support after a serious tragedy (trigger warning: suicide), teaching brings out your deepest psychological issues, teachers don’t get any grace as far as mental health, teachers...

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Episode 17: Nightmares about Admin. show art Episode 17: Nightmares about Admin.

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Nightmares about school, what DeAndre learned in his educational leadership classes and, more importantly, what he didn’t learn, kids in mainstream classrooms who have violent outbursts and how there is no protocol or solution other than evacuating the class, the 1st grader in Virginia who shot his teacher and how that situation unfolded, a creepy kid who gave Lauren’s kid a bloody nose and how to handle that, kids should be required to take pre-k, too many kids are given melatonin to sleep, and we react to outrageously inappropriate comments on observation reports. You can support us by...

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Episode 16: Before the World Broke show art Episode 16: Before the World Broke

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We recorded our first podcast in February of 2020, and didn’t record again until the middle of 2023. Here we talk about teachers in elementary school who had a positive impact on us, the lack of options for handling badass kids, how kids get expelled and reenroll in other schools, why teachers aren’t allowed to know a student’s mental health history, how frustrating negative observations are, and lots of other teacher misery-related topics that haven’t changed at all! Dont forget to follow @Teachermisery on Instagram and Facebook and check out teachermisery.com. Also, TM has a gift...

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Episode 15: Insane Grading Policies show art Episode 15: Insane Grading Policies

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On this episode, Lauren and DeAndre discuss ridiculous grading policies they have had to implement and other rules that Teacher Misery followers have shared. These policies include the very popular no student gets a zero rule, low scoring assignments (or non-existent ones) getting rounded up to 50% , a 20% passing rate, 50% equaling an A (yes, you read that correctly), incentives other than grades we've tried to get kids to do their work and whether or not they worked, and a few parent requests that are so crazy we had to discuss about them! (Warm the toilet seat for your kid? Absolutely not!)...

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Episode 14: Protect Your Energy at Work show art Episode 14: Protect Your Energy at Work

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Charlene Lynch, part-time teacher, and career coach, joins us to discuss the ten different districts she worked for, gossipy coworkers and how to avoid them, ways to save your sanity at school, the problem of tenure, ways to protect your energy at school, and how to navigate the world outside of teaching.  Support us by rating us 5 stars, subscribing, and telling a friend! Also check out teachermisery.com and teachermiseryshop.com, Lauren's new gift shop!    

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Lauren talks about when an administrator tried to teach one of her worst classes and the time a student unknowingly had a private part fall out; we discuss the uselessness of the dress code, how vicious girl fights can be, and bait and switch after you’re hired; DeAndre talks about how kids bullying others with no consequences was the last straw for him, and the Chapter 37 law that says the teacher can remove a percentage of disruptive students. 

 

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