Saturday, March 18, 2006

 

The Verbal and Written Word

Spring Break is here and so is the drama. Yesterday, my students had a great field trip to a NJ newsroom and someone made an inappropriate comment in passing(unbeknownst to me). I'd rather not discuss the content because of the sensitivity. But the same way we stress to students to "WATCH WHAT THE WRITE ONLINE." We should also be sending that same message with their MOUTHS and what comes out of it.

My 6 year old daughter, says the craziest things sometimes. For example, upon my return from NJ yesterday, she said "Mom, do they speak english in NJ?" But, she's 6! So comments made like that one, are always forgiven. But the older a student gets, the less tolerance adults have for unintended insults. We have to impress upon our high school students to WATCH WHAT COMES OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS. Or better yet...(you fill in the blank)

Comments:
Children will always dissapoint us, unfortunately. I always stress over the same risk each time I take a class of students in public.

I have several students who I arrange to be left at school because they have lost their trust with me and are unable to bridle their tongues. This policy has made it so the students that I do take are on their best behavior because they know they'll get left out next time.

Unfortunately, many school policies do not allow such things to happen, but they should. Students feel that they are free to do anything because we have removed many of the consequences for actions in order to be "fair." I is unfair, however, that the whole group's reputation is tarnished because of one or two students as well.

I wonder if you knew ahead of time that there might be a risk with that one student? (Of course sometimes I does come out of the blue.)

I think any teacher who's been teaching for any length of time has been there. I'm sorry. Don't let it keep you from getting up, dusting off, and trying again. The payoff is worth the risk of egg on your face!
 
Children will always dissapoint us, unfortunately. I always stress over the same risk each time I take a class of students in public.

I have several students who I arrange to be left at school because they have lost their trust with me and are unable to bridle their tongues. This policy has made it so the students that I do take are on their best behavior because they know they'll get left out next time.

Unfortunately, many school policies do not allow such things to happen, but they should. Students feel that they are free to do anything because we have removed many of the consequences for actions in order to be "fair." I is unfair, however, that the whole group's reputation is tarnished because of one or two students as well.

I wonder if you knew ahead of time that there might be a risk with that one student? (Of course sometimes I does come out of the blue.)

I think any teacher who's been teaching for any length of time has been there. I'm sorry. Don't let it keep you from getting up, dusting off, and trying again. The payoff is worth the risk of egg on your face!
 
No, people in New Jersey don't speak English. They speak Jersey Girl-ish. or Jersey-Boy-ish.

Seriously, you're right. I always think an unintended insult is just that, no matter the age of the person who does it. I just let them know it's an insult and forgive them if they didn't mean it.

I agree that people should try to watch what they say and write. Imagine what they would be saying and writing in China.
 
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