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General Chat Thread, Authority in General; Originally Posted by Domino Originally Posted by webman Originally Posted by strawberry i'd rather have yobs outside my door than ...
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    Re: Authority

    Quote Originally Posted by Domino
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    i'd rather have yobs outside my door than the current craze here, gangs of girls waving at me and shouting hello mr computer man.
    Hehe. I usually get "Computer Craig"
    Its " Hey IT Doood" for me
    I get that one alot too. Alot of the kids also shout it at me when i'm out in town. They have this edge of surprise in their voice, like they expect me to live in the cupboard or something.

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    Re: Authority

    what you don't live in the school... Yes I get that i saw you at the weekend sir...

    As for rest we all staff here and all get same respect they soon learn when they say "your not a teacher you can't do anything" and they suddenly find themselves in school detention.

    In fact one of questions I often ask at interviews "we all know some students will try it on with new staff what is procedure for putting a child into a detention."

    If I get hint of support staff not allowed to do that I have to think twice before taking the job.

    Russ

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    At our school we can request a large wad of paper with student names and faces from admin... i look like a damb fool trying to look through 1200 student faces trying to locate one. Everyone in the IT department just let them get on with it now, for my wages its not worth the abuse.

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    Usually the students say "Excuse me, Sir" when speaking to me. Or "Excuse me Mr Moir".

    I guess every man over 30 looks like a "Sir" when you're a teen.

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    I work at a special needs school so none of the above problems - bliss!

    I have worked at a large comprehensive school previously and found that if you treat the kids with respect you do tend to get it back.

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    I get 'Mr Aaaandeeerrson" (due to my tendency to wear dark suits, shades and knowing everything the kids get up to ... they think I am Agent Smith!), Baldy (it is not a bald spot ... it is a solar panel for a sex machine ... but I can't use that line on them so the usual response is to give them 15 minute detentions and the only kids that still say it are the year 11 student who loiter round the gates at the end of the day ... and who will not be coming back to the sixth form ... or brave students that are 'mates' of the idiot year 11s), 'the hitman' (apparently I know a little too much about small arms and hand weaponry after I spent 30 minutes explaining the principles of the use of garotting wires, which should be made of cord not wire and must have a knot to work effectively, compared to pistols or bladed weapons for dealing with people).

    Unfortunately most of the students only know me as the person the get to see after they have been spoken to harshly about misuse of IT facilities or from picking up other disciplinary issues. I tend to come across as the nasty person ... can't think why.

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    Yeah, have only ever had to 'bellow' a couple of times and only shout if I need to be heard over the noise being made. Once they are quiet I find talking flatly and even getting quieter is much more effective >) As others have said, generrally the respect works both ways, I find if I say morning or a quick hi to just about everyone I see in the corridors, one it confuses them and two it makes them more aware of you and take you more seriously when you do have to try and sort something with them.

    Other staff should back us up as much as we back them up I have had members of staff step in and help and I have in return done it to help out. Any looking down of noses at me doing my job (which I count sorting out kids to be if they are in the IT area or in the general areas if I'm there) would result in comments for me or looking down my nose next time they needed something or asked a stupid question. They soon learn.

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    Re: Authority

    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto
    I guess every man over 30 looks like a "Sir" when you're a teen.
    I used to help lead a youth club and everyone there called me "Nick" until one day I got caught short and had to go straight from work - I got called "Sir" lots after that as they'd seen me in a suit!

    Even stranger was how many saw the suit and asked "do you work in a school?" - I guess their fathers don't wear them, so the only other place they see suits is at school. Weird.

    I never get called "Sir" here, but then nor do any of the other male teachers. It took me long enough to adjust to being "Mr Jones" when I first started here, I think "Sir" would have killed me!

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    Re: Authority

    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto
    Usually the students say "Excuse me, Sir" when speaking to me. Or "Excuse me Mr Moir".

    I guess every man over 30 looks like a "Sir" when you're a teen.
    I get 'Sir!' and I'm 22!

    A girl said I look old enough to be her dad the other day which really sucks...

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    Re: Authority

    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes

    I get 'Sir!' and I'm 22!

    A girl said I look old enough to be her dad the other day which really sucks...
    Really... I'm 23 and a girl the other day described me to another member of staff as "the teenage technician with all the tattoos..."

    :?

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    Re: Authority

    Quote Originally Posted by Domino
    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes

    I get 'Sir!' and I'm 22!

    A girl said I look old enough to be her dad the other day which really sucks...
    Really... I'm 23 and a girl the other day described me to another member of staff as "the teenage technician with all the tattoos..."

    :?
    Poor me... it's all the stress of the slowest house purchase in the world. Are you allowed to have visible tats?

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    Re: Authority

    don't see how they'd stop me

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    Re: Authority

    true... might be frowned upon...

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    Re: Authority

    It depends whether the school has a staff 'dress' policy and whether it includes the showing of tattoos etc.
    If they do, and it does, then they can enforce it just as schools can now enforce dress policy for students

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    Re: Authority

    Quote Originally Posted by Domino
    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes

    I get 'Sir!' and I'm 22!

    A girl said I look old enough to be her dad the other day which really sucks...
    Really... I'm 23 and a girl the other day described me to another member of staff as "the teenage technician with all the tattoos..."

    :?
    You're lucky! Was on a trip when I first started when the kids asked me how old so I said how old you think I was. Guesses ranged from 25 to 32. I was 19. Very depressing. Worst was last year when my Birthday fell on Welsh camp. Staff had heard it was my birthday so were running a book on how odl I was but didn't tell me this. I kept hearing whispered converstaions and people trying to hint to get an answer. Finally asked waht was going on so they told me and the guesses. Was not amused as someone had thought 39! Someone got eternal love as they though 22. I was 24.

    I blame working with kids

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