A 14-year-old special needs student claimed that she was the subject of bullying in the classroom from her teachers.
She said her educators made fun of her and had audio tape recordings to prove it, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
The girl claimed that she was called lazy and dumb, and an educator made fun of her belly.
Her family hid a tape recorder on the girl because of her complaints. The recording revealed teacher Christy Wilt and former teacher's aide Kelly Chaffins criticizing the girl.
In a one portion of the tape, Chaffins became upset because the way girl answered a question.
"Are you kidding me?" Chaffins said. "Are you that damn dumb? You are that dumb? Oh my God. You are such a liar."
"I am not lying," the student said.
"No wonder you don't have friends," Chaffins said. "No wonder nobody likes you."
On another occasion, Wilt and Chaffins talked to the girl about her body.
"Don't you want to do something about that belly?" Chaffins asked.
"Yes," the girl responded.
"Well, evidently you don't because you don't do anything at home," Chaffins said. "You sit at home and watch TV."
"Ask your mom and dad to go for a walk," Wilt said.
"On the weekends they're busy," the girl said.
"Doing what? Watching TV?" Wilt said.
"Lazy," Chaffins said.
On another occasion, the teacher told the girl to climb on a treadmill that was placed in the class because she got an answer wrong. The district claimed that the treadmill is not used as punishment but to "refocus" students.
The 14-year-old spent more than 15 minutes on the treadmill. The speed seemed to have steadily increased along with the remarks, Aker reported.
When the treadmill apparently broke, the girl was told to run in place. When her parents called to complain, an audiotape captured Chaffins saying the teen's parents were "liars raising a liar."
The district demanded Chaffins' immediate resignation but not Wilt's.
"We were shocked and disgusted at what we heard," said Dan Mordarski, the girl's attorney. "What's shocking to me is that there is one teacher that is still employed by the district."
Wilt declined to comment for the story.
"We were distressed, very upset and angered by what was on those tapes," said Miami Trace Schools Superintendent Dan Roberts.
Roberts investigated the first complaint. According to an e-mail obtained by 10 Investigates, Roberts found absolutely no truth to it and warned the girl's family that their concerns were "bordering on slander and harassment."
"When we found the audio proof, we acted immediately," Roberts said.
Wilt was not suspended, he said.
"We felt the level of her involvement there did not meet with the level that educational aide had done," Roberts said.
According to the district, it would go along with the Ohio Department of Education decision on punishment.
The recently-issued ruling states that the teacher is required to take four hours of classes recognizing bullying and another four to recognize child abuse. If she fails to take the classes or has other incidents of unbecoming conduct, the state can enact a suspension.
10 Investigates was unable to reach Chaffins for comment.
The district recently settled the lawsuit for $300,000, Aker reported.
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According to the Portland Business Journal, people skills are often described as: * understanding ourselves and moderating our responses * talking effectively and empathizing accurately * building relationships of trust, respect and productive interactions.
A British definition is "the ability to communicate effectively with people in a friendly way, especially in business." The term is not listed yet in major US dictionaries.
The term people skills is used to include both psychological skills and social skills, but is less inclusive than life skills.
Human relations studies became a movement in the 1920s, as companies became more interested in the "soft skills" and interpersonal skills of employees. In organizations, improving people skills became a specialized role of the corporate trainer. By the mid-1930s, Dale Carnegie popularized people skills in How to Win Friends & Influence People and How to Stop Worrying & Start Living throughout America and later throughout the world.
In the 1960s, US schools introduced people skills topics and methods—often as a way to promote better self-esteem, communication and social interaction. These encompassed psychologist Thomas Gordon's "Effectiveness Training" variations as well as many other training programs. By the 1980s, "traditional education" and a "back-to-basics" three Rs emphasis largely pushed aside these programs, with notable exceptions.
People skills encompass a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication competencies. In business and organizational human relations, the emphasis is on social-emotional awareness, self-presentation, management, getting along with others, negotiation, conflict resolution and decision-making.
Interpersonal communication skills include effective prosocial interaction, empathy, understanding personalities and ability to work cooperatively as part of a group or team. Influential components are cultural awareness, conversational language and non-verbal communication.
The intrapersonal, or inner dimension, includes forms of self-communication and understanding personal emotions, goals and motivations. Self regulation of attention and stress management skills depend largely on self-communication (inner imagery and self-talk).
A significant portion of the deaths in the United States can be attributed to psychosocial deficits in people skills for stress management and supportive social connection. Business, labor and government authorities agree that wide-ranging people skills are necessary for 20th-century work success in the SCANS report. At least one foundation, Alliances for Psychosocial Advancements in Learning (APAL), has made support of SCANS-related people skills a major priority.
UNESCO research found that young people who develop speaking/listening skills and getting to know other's have improved self-awareness, social-emotional adjustment and classroom behavior; self-destructive and violent behavior also were decreased. The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified 22 programs in the US that are especially comprehensive in social-emotional learning coverage and effective in documented impacts.
Overachievement is an educational label applied to students, who perform better than their peers when normalized for the instructor's perceptions of background, intelligence or talent. The implicit presumption is that the "overachiever" is achieving superior results through excessive effort.
Overachievers are generally contrasted with underachievers who perform less well than the instructor thinks they should given their intelligence.
While the concept of over- and underachievers has wide acceptance among practicing teachers, it remains a controversial topic on several points: * Both are labels which implicitly affect teacher behavior. This frequently leads the labels to become self-fulfilling prophecies. * The labels are based on a static and incomplete understanding of the nature of intelligence. The ability to concentrate and to work in a dedicated manner cannot be separated from a person's "native" or "raw" intelligence in any meaningfully testable way.
The term "overachievement" is occasionally applied in other contexts; for example, a country with an unsustainably high per capita income might be described as "overachieving". In sports, players or teams that significantly exceed the general preseason expectations for them are called "overachievers."