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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Don’t label your students

Don't label students, let them shine and fill their world with color.


We all have students that misbehave, but it is not fair to label them. Each student should be given the opportunity to improve his or her behavior each day.

I've heard teachers label their students as bad, without ever giving them the opportunity to change. (A word that shouldn't be used anyway)

When the student walks in class the first thing the teacher says is “Don’t start that behavior” when the student is not even doing anything wrong.

I've overheard teachers say to other teachers and in front of other students that they were glad a particular student didn't show up, because their class was so much better without them.

And when the student does show up; you can tell by the teacher’s expression; they don’t want them there. Imagine how that makes the student and the parent feel.

Treating them that way, won’t make their behavior change; it will only make it get worse.

I have also overheard teachers blame the student for doing something that they were not even sure they did; then saying they probably did it because "they do stuff like that all the time."

Imagine getting a traffic ticket every time you get in your car, because the officer says he knows you are going to break the law, you did it before, so why not just give you a ticket now.

Doesn't seem fair, does it? Well imagine how your students feel when you don’t give them a chance to change their behavior, you label them and they carry that label with them the entire time they are in your class. They should be given an opportunity to improve, even if it’s a little bit.

This kind of labeling is damaging to our students; don’t assume a child will always misbehave because they have done so in the past, give them an opportunity to change. Let them see that you believe in them and accept them for who they are, just as many others have accepted you for who you are.

 Darla*


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