Friday, November 15, 2013

No time-outs!

The only time-out they should have, is when they choose to create.

This article made me think about all the teachers that I worked with during my years in Early Childhood, and the little boy in the article is right, some of them do need a time out.

Some teachers come to work with a bad attitude on a daily basis, but if a student acted in that way or was  having a bad day; the first thing they would do, is put them in time out.

We have to understand our students, they are not going to be perfect little robots that we can control, they have their own minds and personalities just as we do, and we must understand each one of them based on that.

I’m guilty of putting students in time-out, but as I have grown as a teacher, I have learned to deal with their behavior in a more productive way.  By giving the students’ choices and letting them decide if they need time in a quiet area to calm down.

As stated in the article, a child should only be asked to leave a center or project if they are a danger to themselves or others. But they still should be treated with respect.

The article also mentioned that if a teacher couldn't take a noisy classroom, then maybe that’s not the right age-group for them.

I agree, each teacher likes and works well with a particular age group; and if an age group doesn't fit with their personality or tolerance level then they shouldn't work with that age group.

Knowing your boundaries are excellent traits for a teacher to have; it is important to know what you can and cannot take from students and within a certain classroom structure.

We  have to give our students a chance to learn in every possible way, teaching a child is not only about academics it’s about respect, communication, social and emotional development.

Keep that in mind when your students are not doing what you want them to do; work with them to improve the situation, don’t put them in time-out.


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