Good News!!

Many of you who are teachers know that there are times when hilarious things happen. You say to yourself, “I have to write that one down!”, but during the hectic activity of the day, you forget and then it is gone.

Well, I have made a concerted effort to capture some of the highlights of my teaching and administrative career, and now that I have my ‘blogging’ feet wet I’m going to venture into the realm of “Wait until you hear what one of my kids said today”. There will also be the occasional “That parent said what?”!

I hope you enjoy these humorous, true and sometimes eye opening stories.

One day as I made my way back to my office I met the preschool teacher headed my way with a student in tow. She brought him in and proceeded to tell me that he would not listen, he had been running in class during instruction time and throwing things. She had made attempts to redirect and stop the behavior. The student’s reaction to the teacher was to laugh and say it was fun to be in trouble.

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Unfortunately, this was not the first time the student had visited me in my office. On the last visit I had spoken with the student’s mom and she said she wanted me to call her if/when he returned to see me for such behavior. Knowing these were her expectations, I told the student I would be calling his mom. His demeanor suddenly changed. He sat quietly and began to tear up. poutWhen I got his mom on the phone, she asked to speak to him; in a very sheepish and tearful voice, I heard him tell her that he was running in the room, throwing things and not listening to the teacher.

 

He responded to her agreeing that those were not good choices and then in a very confident voice he said, “but the good news is that I finally pooped in the potty!”

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The First Teacher

The moment children are born they begin learning. Infants immediately start building trust with their parents, relatives, and caregivers. When a baby cries and someone responds — whether it’s for food, a diaper change, or just to be held — they begin to trust that their needs will be met.21019585

As children grow, they are figuring out the way things work; when they coo and make noise, they get your attention and you respond to them.  They get encouragement and praise as they sit up, roll over and begin to walk. Through this relationship the parent/caregiver becomes the first teacher a child has.

An article on thinkport.org references research from the US Department of Education and offers some tips on how to use everyday experiences to begin to establish your role as your child’s first teacher!