This is an event I remembered after reading someone else’s post re young teachers.
For a bit of background, this event happened 6 years ago. I was a trainee teacher, fresh out of uni after just completing my art degree in the UK. I was nearing the end of my PGCE – Post Graduate Certificate in Education (a year long teaching qualification) specialising in Art and Design at secondary/high school level. I was 23 (but looked a lot younger), and the school I was training at allowed teachers as well as 6th formers (16-18 year old students) to wear smart business dress. Both staff and sixth formers wore lanyards with school ID cards. Teachers wore black lanyards and students, the colour that corresponded to their house (Edit: think Harry Potter).
I had seen the teacher that was involved in this event around school before. I try to say hello or at least smile at other staff (and students) but I remember this particular teacher wasn’t very approachable or friendly. I will say teachers are hard working and often stressed, I don’t hold her cold demeanour against her, as a new teacher I was just rather intimidated by her. For the sake of this story let’s call her Intimidating Teacher (IT). I also need to explain that on certain days and at certain times teachers are required to do ‘duty’ which involves standing in a location and ensuring students are in the right place and behaving properly.
It was lunch time, I was walking towards a few teachers who were on duty when I saw IT among them (I probably should have chosen a different name for her..). I made eye contact with IT.
IT: Excuse me, where do you think you’re going?!
Me: Upstairs, it’s lunch time and I don’t have a lesson.
IT: You are NOT allowed to be in this area. STUDENTS ARE TO BE IN THE HALL.
Me: *Holds up lanyard calmly so the black colour is visible and continues walking* I’m staff.
IT: *confused* Oh!?
At this point I walked past IT and the two other members of staff (who were beginning to laugh), I didn’t wait to continue the conversation, but hastily continued up the stairs.
I was rather confused and embarrassed that a teacher would speak/shout at another member of staff the way they did. She had mistaken me for a 6th former, but that wasn’t an excuse. I made a mental note, to never speak to students (or staff) in that way.
Edit 2: Wow, thanks for all the awards and upvotes!! After my initial run in with IT, no one got reported, I just finished my PGCE year, never bumping into her again. To quote the top comment: “Everyone has a purpose, even if only to serve as bad examples.”