Question

Robyn asks:
How do I get go about this sticky situation? I share a room one period with my department chair who stays in the room at least half of the period. She is sitting at the front of the room at her teacher desk directly next to where I am standing and conducting class. Sometimes she is working, but sometimes she’s texting on her phone! So while I’m teaching a class, my students are seeing not just me at the front of the room, but her. I have no problem if she/anyone wants to observe my class, but I find this behavior day after day to be completely rude and distracting. There is a teacher lounge or another teacher’s empty classroom that she can go to during that period. Since she’s my dept head and it’s my first year in the building, do I say something to her or to my principal who sets up the room share schedule? I’m wondering if I should just hold off until I find out if I’m asked back for next year.

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5 thoughts on “Question”

  1. This behavior reveals a truly unconscious, rude and ego-filled person. It’s one thing to get involved in sharing ideas about teaching and to hang around in the room as a kind of interested visitor with positive intentions. But this LOSER is texting in front of the room while you teach. It would make me crazy. I have no words for this. You should never have been placed in this situation. This is a very bad form of egotistic, prideful behavior. Just horrible. Someone else is going to come up with a reasonable response for you Robyn bc I am too upset to think clearly.

  2. If you are not “enemies”, maybe it’s possible to politely tell her that it makes you feeling strange bc she is not taking part in what’s going on aka the community/relationship you are building with your students or that you feel like someone who is reading a book with sb always looking over your shoulder and tell her that you would be happy if she came to supervise you and help you with her experience.
    But I totally agree with Ben. It is thoughtless and egotistic behavior. Looks like she’s got a lack of empathy into the bargain.

  3. Ditto the outrage expressed above. One idea is to seek her advice: You’ve noticed that your students are struggling to demonstrate the required level of attention and comprehension because they are more interested in what she’s doing at her desk. How would she deal with the problem?

  4. I would simply go above the dept chair and ask “Is it common practice for a dept. chair to observe my classes as I teach them.” Then you can cay how you feel. “I feel ____” “Uncomfortable” would be the word I use.
    Also invite admin over to observe the class when you know the other teacher is there too. That way, it can seem as if you didn’t say anything to them.

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