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Monday, January 18, 2010

Crying? Good!

I love to make kids cry.

OK, I don't really, but I just HAD to write that first sentence. Occasionally, though, I do get a small sense of satisfaction when kids in my class cry. Because it tells me that something has finally mattered enough to them to get some kind of reaction.

On Friday, several kids in both classes did not bring their conduct folders back signed. These folders go home every Thursday, and they tell the parents how their kids have behaved, if they have not done their homework, etc. It is the kids' responsibility to get their parents to sign the calendar page.

When 5 kids in my morning class (and later 4 in my afternoon class) either did not have their folder at all or had brought it back with no signature, I was a bit ticked. So I took those kids down to the faculty phone in our hall, and I had them call their parents and tell them that they (the kids) had not done their jobs and that they were in trouble.

During the course of this, several kids had tearful conversations with their parents, and during the course of THESE, I will admit that my internal voice shouted, "GOOD!! Now maybe this won't happen again!"

10 comments:

A Reader's Community said...

:) I was talking to some people the other day about the types of crying you see when kids are in trouble. I had one last year who cried because he was upset/disappointed with himself. Then you get the ones just trying to get out of trouble . . .

Ginger Snaps said...

You get em! Ugh, that makes me so dang mad when they don't return stuff their supposed to because then, YOU have to do all the dirty work!

J said...

YES! I totally agree! Good job makin' em cry! now maybe they will learn their lesson. :)

Melissa B. said...

Oh, Mr. Teacher, you're BAD. But good for you!

Mister Teacher said...

I think these kids were honestly crying out of remorse, and not just not to get out of trouble. I didn't yell at them or anything super mean, I just was very disappointed. It was mostly good kids in other regards!

Joan said...

I wish I could do that, not make them cry, but call their parents. I cannot leave my classroom. Waiting until recess means I lose part of my lunch and mutes the effect some. Wish I had a phone in my room like my first school!

Teacher Tom said...

Learning is not always easy. More often than not, crying at school means someone is learning a challenging lesson. Tears only concern me when they come from pain or fear.

TeacherFromTN said...

Yay you!! My cell phone has been used for that--immediate consequences, no note home, no story to change. Hello, mom? This is Mrs. D. Your child has something to tell you . . . Another time, my principal had a serious chat with one of my kids for cheating on a math test. She brought her back to me and said she wasn't convinced the child was sorry enough--she didn't cry nearly as much as she should have!!

Urban School Teacher said...

Absolutely! I love it when they cry in my class, especially if I have managed to *make them cry*!! Even though I berate myself for it, I always get a feeling of satisafaction- especially if they are crying out of fear.

Chris Osborne said...

You're not going to get any complaints from me either on this one. There have been a few times (where I knew the kids parents and knew they wouldn't care if I did this) where I would make sure the kid ended up crying.