If Your Students Suffer from Storybook “Princess-itis” or “Prince-itis”… – Teacher’s Corner


Teacher’s Corner
To review ways to avoid Storybook “Princess-itis” or “Prince-itis” in students read If Your Child Suffers from Storybook “Princess-itis” or “Prince-itis” ….
The following are writing prompts and discussion topics you can use to let your students think about “princess-itis” and “prince-itis.”
 
If Your Child Suffers from Storybook “Princess-itis” or “Prince-itis” … suggests that children:
  • Be appreciated just for who they are no matter what they can or can’t do.
  • Know how to take care of themselves, like dressing themselves, fixing their own snacks, or doing their homework.
  • Be required to do chores or else pay consequences for not doing them.
  • Know that they are cared about even when they make mistakes.
  1. Which of the above four things do you think is most helpful for children? Why?
  2. Many teachers want to give students choices in the classroom. What kinds of things do you think students should be allowed to make decisions about in their classroom? What makes these decisions good for students to make?
  3. Explain what each of the following terms means and how they are alike or different.
    1. Enough
    2. Too much
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. 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.