Posts Tagged 'kindergarten'

Pukers & Medicine

This week, I’ve had two students puke their guts out. Both were from the K3 class, and not my own students. They both puked during snack time. If there’s one thing that I don’t deal with, it’s puke, pee, and poo. I let others take care of that. I don’t like seeing puke because it usually makes me retch. I’ve never thrown-up, but it’s the smell that gets to me. I used to have a puker in my class. Every single week, he threw up.

Taiwanese kids take a lot of medicine. In my opinion, a lot of them are over medicated. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve never seen kids take this much medicine before. Is it good or bad, I don’t really know. Whenever something is slightly wrong, the Taiwanese go to see the doctor. That takes some getting used to, because back home, I went to the doctor only when something was really wrong. I’ve probably been checked up more in Taiwan than anywhere else, and I’ve lived in France, Germany, and Canada.

In my class, I’ve got two children who wet their pants. It’s a boy and a girl. I’d be inclined to stick them back into diapers, but honestly, it doesn’t happen much under my watch. It’s happened once since the term has started, but my co-teacher tells me that it happens more frequently in the afternoon.

Temper Tantrum Aaron

The problem with kids that are spoiled rotten is that they can be a handful when they come to Kindergarten. I’ve got a kid like that in my K2 class and he throws temper tantrums almost every day. He’s learned that this is the way that he gets what he wants and uses this with us. It’s the 3rd week of class, and I’ve never mollycoddled him. He’s been mollycoddled enough by his mother.

He latched onto the Taiwanese teacher and uses her as a surrogate mother. He constantly asks where she is and why she’s not around. My Mandarin is passable, so I understand him, but I always reply in English. He doesn’t speak much English, so he’s allowed to speak Mandarin, at least for now. No one else in the school is allowed, only new students. Personally, I would have put him in K1. He needs to learn the basics, but he picks up quickly so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be speaking English in a few weeks or so.

He’s hit me, kicked me, shouted at me. I’ve had to physically grab him by the arms, while he flails his legs at me and put him outside the classroom. He never naps, and this drives my co-teacher insane because she can’t rest. He keeps the other kids awake. The other kids in class have started to make fun of him, and I encourage this right now to use it as peer pressure. I told the K3 class to do the same. Maybe that will work and he’ll stop his temper tantrums and he’ll sleep during nap time.

He’s getting better, but each and every day, there’s an issue. I think that tomorrow, if he freaks out, I’ll put him in the K1 class, the “baby” class. Usually that works. He’s had a lot of issues. He can’t wash his hands by himself, he can’t wipe his ass, he can’t nap, etc. I believe in tough love and don’t encourage any of this behavior. However, my co-teacher enabled him because she gave him the attention that he wanted. This week, she’s had enough and toughened up her stance.

When the other kids were making fun of him and imitating him, he went up to them and tried to put his hand on their mouths. That crossed a line for me. I don’t allow any kind of fighting, and this was pretty aggressive. He got the boot out of class for that.

In my 5 years of teaching, I’ve rarely seen temper tantrums this bad. They actually make me laugh and I don’t hide this, so that he feels ridiculed. Hopefully all of these techniques will make him realize that it’s my way or the highway.

Amy and Super Water Again

-Amy, is your water still super water?
-No…
Amy replies with a smile

Amy’s Super Water

-My water is so good, it’s super water!
4-year old Amy in class this week

Kindergarten Makes You Out Of It

It’s been a few weeks since I taught Kindergarten and I had forgotten how exhausting that is.

Crazy Pete, a K2 kid, is especially annoying. He just goes all over the place. It’s kind of funny really.

Then there was the K1 class. They were babies, literally. Some of them were like 2 or 3. Today, one of them pissed his pants, there were a few tantrums, and like 50% of the class had to be force-fed by their Taiwanese teacher. It was also a bit funny.

Each class usually has their clown or the kid that acts out. K1 has Sam and K2 has Crazy Pete.

I hadn’t slept enough the night before, about 4hours, and I felt it throughout the day. Thankfully I had a quiet lunch at Sababa’s and came home and immediately took a nap.

I was pretty grumpy when I came home. It didn’t help that Yoda had made a mess of the kitchen table. I wasn’t happy. After a while, I got over it.

June 16 2008

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