I thought we were mates?

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8 Comments

The bell rings and the kids start to leave their last lesson to go home in a large inner city secondary school in London.

Student X is blowing up a balloon in the corridor and as he sees Mr. B his Business teacher he calls out, “Happy birthday.” Then student X starts to walk over towards Mr. B with his blown balloon in his hand and a smirk on his face. As he is a few metres away from Mr. B he starts to let the air out of the balloon pointing the end of the balloon towards Mr. B and then laughs as the air gushes out towards Mr. B. There were two other girls walking with him who reprimand student X for his behaviour but he carries on laughing.

Mr. B takes student X to the side and tells him that was it inappropriate behaviour to which student X replies, “I thought we were mates.”

If you were Mr. B what would you do next?
Would you set a sanction and if so what would the sanction be?

8 Comments
    • Solomon
      Mar 03, 2018 23:17 pm

      I would tell him we are not mates but I’m the teacher and you are the student. Probably will not sanction him though.

    • James
      Mar 04, 2018 16:35 pm

      “We’ll discuss how we’re mates over detention.” Then I would carry on walking by.

      I have a great working relationship with my students with equal respect.

      Teachers are not mates but there is a working relationship that is firm and fair.

    • Admin
      Mar 04, 2018 20:24 pm

      To Solomon… That’s interesting for no sanction?

    • Admin
      Mar 04, 2018 20:25 pm

      To James… Nice way to handle the situation… It’s great you have a great working relationship with your students 🙂

    • Anonymous
      Mar 05, 2018 18:54 pm

      Simply advise them; you’re not their friend, you’re their teacher. You can be friendly and approachable but always professional.

    • Anonymous
      Mar 05, 2018 18:55 pm

      I am your teacher. I want what is best for you and at the moment you need me to be your teacher more than you need me to be your friend. However, I do recommend…….

    • Admin
      Mar 05, 2018 18:58 pm

      Simply advise them; you’re not their friend, you’re their teacher. You can be friendly and approachable but always professional.

      I love your friendly approach as teachers we should lead by example.

    • Admin
      Mar 05, 2018 18:59 pm

      I am your teacher. I want what is best for you and at the moment you need me to be your teacher more than you need me to be your friend

      Nice reply as students need to know the boundaries so be upfront “I am your teacher.”

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