Children communicate in many ways...

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On 21/02/2010 13:34:17
I am a grandmother that raised her grandsons for 6 years. Both loved school and their teachers. There were no disciplinary problems. Last year they moved with their mom to a different city. The youngest, in first grade went from being a Talented and Gifted Nominee, to hating school and his teacher. His behavior and the joy he had when learning no longer mattered to him, the light left his eyes, and my heart aches for him. He has a big heart, and is very sensitive. He said his teacher yells at them constantly. His way of dealing with the "rejection" he feels is directed at him, is to ignore and be unresponsive to his surroundings.
Children today come from broken homes and witness so much. Kids need to be able go to school and feel a sense of belonging. If a child is being emotionally hurt at home and then goes to school and hears his teacher yelling, the child is going to react and take it personal because of the past or current trauma.
I'm sorry, I have never seen him lash out or refuse to cooperate by hiding under his desk. Then to hear that his teacher made him sit on the floor all day, singling him out and apart from the other children is upsetting. If his attention was diverted to something else and he was given a way out of the humiliation handed out by his teacher, in front of his peers, she could have helped to heal his broken spirit.
If a child is made to feel powerless most of their little life, as they become teenagers, how do you think they get their power back? Read the newspapers....It makes me wonder why some pick teaching as their profession....just a thought.

Do young teachers get any training on dealing with kids who have PTSD, or other traumatic experiences? Help me on this please...grandma's have rights too.