I recently received a message from a teacher who made the following comments about her own teacher bullying experience:
Teachers bully other teachers a lot, especially in middle school. I think this is because we have to share classrooms and kids. I have been bullied by another middle school teacher who would try to turn my kids and their parents against me through untrue gossip. There are cliques, and groups. Just like what middle school kids go through.
Unfortunately she ruined the relationship I had with my administrator and he laid me off. My kids still contact me and tell me what a great teacher I was. It almost made me give up teaching but I learned from it and moved on. It is sad when the kids don't come first.
I was disappointed to hear that this kind of thing is going on, but not surprised. There is competition and jealousy in most professions. Teaching is no exception. When some people see others doing well or getting popular, they want to bring them down. That is just the way some people are.
If you are in a situation where another teacher is bullying you, you do not have to put up with it. Calmly try to settle the problem with the teacher on your own, and if that doesn't work, you may want to involve an administrator. Unfortunately, teacher bullying is a reality in some schools. It is wise to realize that sometimes not every teacher has the same motives. Some are much more concerned about themselves and their reputations than anything else.
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