Thursday, September 27, 2007

The kind of posts that make you all fuzzy inside.

I had to add Scheiss Weekly to my blogroll because she simply kicks ass. I don't know what the hell I was thinking holding her off, since I'm visiting all the freaking time.

This week she has one of those posts, again, that just sums it all up.

The thing is, you see, that teaching children to behave in public is actually the job of the home, and when the home doesn't do its job, the teacher is forced to do it, along with his/her actual job, which is to teach children to communicate clearly, to figure things out on one's own, to calculate and to draw and to write and to sing and to play the violin, and to generally take care of oneself so that when the child is grown, he/she will know how to do these things and be a productive, happy, creative citizen who will require his/her own children to buck up and show some spunk, too. To those of you who are horrified that I do not mention the teacher's job of motivating students, I will have only this to say: Motivation is also the job of the home and of the student himself/herself. The teacher can inspire, but one can motivate only oneself.

Because of many homes' refusal to teach simple behavior skills and any desire for learning, teachers have to devote much of the time formerly used for actual teaching, to disciplining, refereeing, first aid, breaking up fights, putting up with talking out, inappropriate language, touching, bullying, stealing, swiping, teasing (which is a kind of bullying, in my opinion) and just generally policing a classroom instead of helping children learn to sing, draw, paint, play, write, communicate, figure, debate, organize, and safely think out of the box. Really? Anything the students and the teacher are required to "put up with" that holds the majority of the class back, should not be there.

I believe that any behaviors that hinder a class's ability to relax, smile, learn, demonstrate learning, leave their property unguarded, go to the restroom without fear, concentrate,hear what's going on, continually move up up up, and be able toexperience a positive learning environment free of disruption, shouldnot be allowed under any circumstances.



Wow. Doesn't that just get you totally head-over-heels for the Mamacita?

I'm fortunate that my classroom management is super easy this year, with only one problem in one class that has the potential of becoming an issue. However, I'm already hearing the horror stories of kids misbehaving, parents calling out the teacher, then the parents calling out the teacher to the admin because the teacher had a "bad tone". Bad tone? How about the fact that your kid willfully breaks class policies?

Anyway, I'm in love with this post.
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