The following are writing prompts and discussion topics based on the blog, “Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 2.”
After the prompts we have included suggestions regarding ways to use this blog in your classroom as well as a discussion about why this blog can be a useful tool in your classroom. So, get your students to think, pair, and share and see what develops.
- What is the difference between time-out and time-in? When would you suggest using each and why?
- If you were the teacher in a class for babysitters, what advice would you give about intervening when young children are having trouble with another person? Why is this good advice?
- Children often hear that they should be “nice.” How would you try to explain to children what it means to be nice? Why is it important that children think of nice the way you are describing it?
- Can children make amends when they have hurt someone? Give an example you have heard about or observed. What was good or not so good about it? Why or why not is making amends a good idea for children?
- Give an example of tattling or snitching that you heard about or observed. What makes you think this was tattling or snitching rather than someone trying to protect himself by seeking help?
- Is telling a school counselor that someone has a weapon a case of being a tattletale or a snitch? Why or why not?
- Do you know of children who like to play with toys that are usually for the opposite gender? For example, girls who like to play with trucks or baseballs or boys that like to cook or play house? Should parents allow this? Why or why not?
NOTE: If you prefer that students not be required to write about or discuss themselves, suggest they respond to the prompts by talking about their experiences with friends or relatives instead of themselves.
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
- For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
- Use the blog for discussion topics
- Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
2. For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
- Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
- Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
- Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
- What would be your advice on this topic?
- What was left out of this article?
- If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
- Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
- Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
- The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.