Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Honorable Mention: The Early Childhood Education Blog

“Avoid popularity if you would have peace.”
-Abraham Lincoln

Does it still go on in classrooms-teacher’s pets in early childhood education? When I was a young child the teacher used to have what was called a “teacher’s pet”. He or she is usually the class nerd..uh, I mean, a poor unsuspecting smart kid that was always made an ‘example of’ by the teacher. Our teacher usually riddled them with compliments and goodies in front of everyone. I guess this was supposed to encourage good behavior…but sometimes it did the opposite. In one class member’s case-she had to take boxing lessons. After about 3 months everyone left her alone because she had gotten really good…and our teacher created a monster! By the seventh grade she was known as that ‘Angry-Heavy-Metal Girl-Who-Beats-Everyone-Up’. Quite a handle for a twelve-year-old. Funny…….huh, I really didn’t feel THAT angry….ahem...
Kids exaggerate SO much....

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