Author’s Notes: I don’t remember much about my teacher training. That was over twenty years ago. However this one line a professor got us to think about has always stuck with me, “don’t treat me like a child.” I’ve been seeing some angry kids lately. The tone adults have been using with them has left them so. I am not saying the corrections to their behavior weren’t well deserved, however, I think the tone that many times get used with them may not be.
I am not stupid, nor naive. I’ve been a teacher for twenty-some years, and I have raised two sons. I know that a nice tone does not always get the desired behavior affect one wishes. However, I think a sharp, corrective tone should be saved as a last resort, rather than a first. No matter how often or difficult it becomes with children who constantly need redirecting. After all, are we not supposed to be the adults?
in their wake
create a bit of resentment
I see their face:
after they’ve been put into their place.
Do not let them wander
but please use with them
a more gentle tone.
For I hear you say,
“don’t treat me alike a child!”
after your boundaries have been
from your voice erase
anything that would to