I've worked in many, many schools since the start of my education career, both as a substitute and a teacher. I've taught preschool, high school, and everything in between. While middle school is definitely the right fit for me, I can't help but notice how much of the teacher behavior in these settings mimics our students.
Cliques, gossip, judgement, and even bullying. I've seen it all (sometimes by administrators). It truly breaks my heart that I find myself defending my coworkers to each other on almost a daily basis. I've recently stopped attending a weekly happy hour gathering because I refuse to take part in the maliciousness I've seen and heard.
I'm asking you, fellow teachers, to stand with me against this behavior in the workplace. We don't tolerate it from our students, and we shouldn't tolerate it from our peers.
You don't think that teacher's instruction is up to par? Try offering your lesson plans. Or, even better, donate your time to help that struggling teacher learn to write better plans!
You think her classroom management needs some work? Help her tweak it, using tips from what's working in your own room! She's likely overwhelmed and in need of your suggestions!
You're frustrated about something she said/did/didn't say/didn't do? Talk to her about it directly instead of talking about her to everyone else. You have to address a problem if you want to solve it! Maybe there's something you can do to help her help you!
Because when we let a teacher fail, we're really failing the students!