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Emily, I think you are right

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Emily, I think you are right about environments that are toxic. Sometimes, you have to leave.

...And my brother really did bail me out. It sure helps when someone finds just the right words to remind us who we are. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Thank you so much for raising

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Thank you so much for raising awareness about this issue. I love your practical advice for teachers dealing with bullies, particularly your personal example in which your brother reminded you not to lose your spirit. I think, too, that it's important to know when enough is enough. When the administrators are the bullies, it creates a toxic environment for both teachers and students. Sometimes, leaving is empowering.

Fifth grade educator from Monroe, Iowa.

bullied by teachers

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I've seen new teachers bullied by older teachers in our profession. I try to diffuse the situation and support the new teachers. We are in a business of lifting students up but forget we need to do that with our peers.

New job (2 years after credentialling) in Science in southern California

Bullied out of a job?

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I was encouraged to become a teacher instead of retiring about 5 years ago, because there weren't enough math and science teachers. But I found it nearly impossible to find the Internship teaching position I needed to participate in my credential program, despite excellent references from those who saw me teach - and 14 years previous teaching experience. I was placed in a student teaching position with a much younger alpha male teacher who was very popular in the school. Unfortunately his "drill and kill" procedural methods and my "reasoning and sense making in groups" methods conflicted so much that he wouldn't let me teach (I confused the students, he said, or 'I can't believe you did that' (in front of students) and finally requested that I be fired from my student teaching, putting me behind my class a whole year. I feel that I have somehow been blacklisted by talking behind my back, probably from a particular faculty member at the credentialing program. I teach subjects with few other credentialed teachers (physics and chemistry) but still others get jobs and I sit and wait (and get older!) It is very painful. (And I have students loans to pay, too,)

It never occurred to me that

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It never occurred to me that what I was experiencing from my administration was a form of bullying. That certainly puts things into perspective. Thanks for this "....and this is what you do about it" post.

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Hi LitLady, Thank you for

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Hi LitLady,

Thank you for taking the time to comment on this blog and sharing your story. There is something empowering about just naming the simple truth of what has occurred as a way of making these patterns stop.

6-8 Literacy Coach from Little Rock, Arkansas

I have been bullied for the

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I have been bullied for the better part of 6 years. "It comes with the territory," is often the response I received from my administration. This was/is not acceptable to me. It is difficult to deal with on a daily basis and I am a veteran teacher. Learning ways to "respond" to bullies is priceless. I love the scenarios you presented. I am a mentor for several new teachers and I will share this information with them as soon as possible. This information will assist me as I begin working with new teachers next year and it will reinforce my work for this year.

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Thank you for commenting,

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Thank you for commenting, Debora. It's hard to explain, to someone who has never experienced it, how shattering bullying is to someone's self-efficacy.

Executive Director, Founder of Arts & Learning Conservatory

In work space bullying enters

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In work space bullying enters whenever their is politics between the office members , it just lowers your confidence and mind stability ,these things appear very cheap in this level of maturity , a big thanks to you for sharing all this with us because how to fight with this is the question and the answer is your blog.

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