I don't care to have my name published but I relate to every one of the stories on this website.
I have been through the system by doing contracts and supply.
I give 100% respect and positive attitude to each class I go to from Prep to Year 12 - but I can tell you that at some schools in the Logan and outer lying areas, a supply teacher is treated as a sub-human creature and a contract teacher is treated the same for the first few weeks.
I have Principal's letters and commendations, even good parents requesting that I teach their children, so the way teachers are treated has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with their ability to teach.
I came into teaching in 2000 as a mature age student having had much life experience, run my own businesses, travelled much, raised children etc., and then I completed an education degree.
I have always put a lot of emphasis on communication and encouraging students to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams.
I fear for the future of the Australian culture.
I recently went to a school where a grade 6 class completely controlled the entire school with their shocking behaviour, demands, uncontrollable outbursts.
The few very well behaved students in the class suffered due to the fact that I, as their classroom teacher, had to spend time checking the students with bad behaviour, taking the right School Behaviour Management Program steps etc. in monitoring their behaviour.
In a class of over 28 a teacher needs the full lesson time to move children forward in their subject learning and to help those who find the subject difficult or are behind.
I find the entire system is totally denigrating the role of a teacher.
In my over 15 year experience in Queensland and Coastal schools I find the pattern is exactly the same in many of the schools.
In general, there is no support.
Shocking language is hurled at the teachers.
In a school that I worked at recently, the children swore, one even hurled fruit at me, wrote on her desk, carved into furniture with scissors and hurled abuse at me.
I, as always, tried to instil the steps - time out etc.
I called the Principal.
He had a meeting with the primary school students - who apparently accused me of swearing.
In 15 years, and having raised my own children alone, I have never sworn at them.
As an English teacher and with a life philosophy of thinking from the heart, I would never denigrate children by swearing at them.
I felt that all their terrible behaviour, including one girl who constantly threw herself at the wall, and others who raced out of the classroom when they wished, their yelling over the top of me, throwing things at me, foul and highly inappropriate language, etc. were not taken into account at all.
There is something terribly wrong when students with such shocking behaviour are allowed to get away with it and their lies are believed by the Principal.
There is a reason why this class had several teachers in several weeks.
I have always behaved in a professional manner.
I attempted to diffuse bad behaviour with the right steps/school behaviour management rules.
I am very approachable.
I believe in treating children with love and respect at all times while reminding them of the school rules.
I think it is a frightening fact that this lack of respect and support for teachers is across the board as I have been to so many schools.
The problem is really bad within the Logan area.
Teachers are turning away from the system because of this situation.
Bring the education minister into a classroom in the Logan area at random, without handpicking the class and 'schooling' the children on their behaviour beforehand.
Truth needs to be seen here.
Australia's education system was one of the best in the world.
It is now dropping at a fast rate and I can see a future of illiteracy.
I have taught a lot of Year 10 students, supposedly average students, who can't string a sentence together without many grammatical errors.
Do we have to have a whole country of impoverished, illiterate young people before some steps are taken to correct this?
Bring back the respect that teachers so rightly deserve.
I defy anyone to tell me that I have not acted in a highly professional manner, going over and above what is expected in preparing material for each subject.
A contract and supply teacher (emailed directly to the editor of this website in August 2015).