My office is right next to a corridoor with a dead end. At lunch times, 10 or so students congregate and theyre loud, they bang about, and the mess once the lunch hour is over is absolutely appaling.
Merely asking them to be quiet has never worked, so today, I walked out and moved them on. After arguing and refusing to move, I shouted at them and threatened to take them to their heads of year, at this statement, they cleared off.
As I went to return to my room, there were 2 or 3 teachers peering out of their doors, and some on the Gallery looking at me, all giving me this "down the nose" look, as if I'd done something wrong by asserting my authority.
Yes, I'm not a teacher, but at the same time, I shouldnt have to work in an office which during lunch and break is filled with the foul-mouthed shoutings of students, and the stench of walked in food and drink just outside my door.
I brought the issue up with some other non-teacher staff, and they've had similar experiences, teachers seem to look down their noses at us, beleiving they are the only ones who can shout at kids and be authorative, and most of them have said they dont bother.
To which I replied well im sorry but this is my work place, I have a right to work in a clean, quiet, and most of all SAFE environment. If I had to exit the room quickly, I'd be climbing over a dozen or more students who make no effort at all to move for you.
One lad replied "Mr williams lets us sit here", and I'm thinking to myself, I'm not Mr Williams, therefore I dont care what he says, yet I know those kids are going to go to him telling him what a nasty man I am for moving them on.
Which leads to my question, where do you all stand in terms of authority? Have any of you had similar experiences?