I am a 30 year middle school science teacher. I have done the very thing you describe. I went to my principal and "confessed". His reply was "it is good to know you are human". I did this so that he would be prepared if any parents called. My suggestion is to apologize to your class for losing your temper and explain that what you said was not appropriate. You might then have a brief discussion and ask if any of the students have ever said anything that they later regretted. Do not dwell on it, move on. Forgive yourself. It has happened to most of us.
I'm sorry to say that it will probably get around quickly. 5th graders are always eager to tell everyone of a mistake their teachers made. If anything happens, or you get any phone calls from parents, just give them a sincere apology, and let them know that it will never happen again=)
Well if you were my teacher i would tell my parents but then they probly wouldnt say anything they would just laugh.
But my parent arnt some of theose ignorant people who attack the school district for EVERYTHING.
so theres no telling if they will report you.
I've dropped a few over the years. It's been my experience that if you act like it's no big deal, so will they. Once, when I f bombed in front of my partner teacher's student (I didn't know she was in the room), I had to of my students say "I heard that you said a bad word" I said "Yes, so?" "I'm an adult, and I am a human being that makes mistakes. You've obviously heard it before and I wouldn't be surprised if you said it yourself."
After that, they were like "Oh, okay." I shrugged it off and so did they.
PS: I also teach 5th grade.
Don't stress over it but do let the principal know. Nobody likes to be blind sided with a complaint, your principal will appreciate being warned that he may get calls.
It'd be best if he can reply "yes, Mrs Teacher told me about that and she is so embarrassed by it. She plans to apologize to the class tomorrow..."
Much better than "she said what? when? why?... oh my"
I would tell the principal, in case some parents do call. You really have to watch what you say.
The reason is that sometimes kids will, um, lie, and I want to be able to say in all honesty that I would NEVER and I mean never, say whatever it was.
On a few occasions, I have had to meet with a parent and my principal because a student - or in one case, a parent - lied about something I supposedly said. I was able to sit there calmly and say it wasn't true, and the principal re-directed the conversation to the real issue: why their child failed.
However, I know that some teachers say inappropriate things, and then complain that the principal isn't "supportive" in meetings with the parent. I don't want to be in that position.
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