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ERIC Number: EJ788762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
"I Just Don't like that Kid": Confronting and Managing Personal Feelings about Children
Grossman, Sue
Childhood Education, v84 n3 p147 Spr 2008
All good teachers try hard to treat each child fairly and kindly, with care and concern. Indeed, they are ethically obliged to do so (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC], 2005). As they are human, however, they may occasionally meet a child to whom they react negatively. It is not something to be proud of, but they must admit it honestly in order to work through it and thus ensure fair treatment of each child. The subject is only sparsely addressed in the early childhood literature and only a few references to teachers' feelings about specific children can be found. This is unfortunate; if ignored or denied, such feelings have the potential to do harm. Like steam in a pipe, feelings unexpressed or ignored will escape somewhere and may result in an outburst toward an undeserving child. In this article, the author offers some suggestions on how teachers could manage their personal feelings about children. Furthermore, the author states that all children deserve to be treated fairly, and with kindness and respect. Sometimes, however, teachers' feelings about a particular child make that obligation a challenging task. Thus, they must move past denial of the challenge in order to confront and analyze their feelings as a precursor to ensuring a psychologically and emotionally safe classroom environment for every child.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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