posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 06:57 AM
My first year teaching, in Tennessee, paddling was allowed. I taught first grade and the thought of paddling one of my "darlings" was abhorrent to
That was a tough year in many ways, but one little boy really caused a lot of problems. He was extremely disruptive, mean-spirited, and deliberately
I tried all the ways I knew to help him...positive reinforcement (that was a laugh), intervention with specialists (nothing changed)....and everything
I tried was a failure.
Finally the parents told me they WANTED him paddled. So I did it. I made him get the paddle from the next door teacher and wait for me in the
Everyone in the class knew what was going to happen. After about five minutes (to let myself calm down and to draw out the suspense), I went into the
We had to have another teacher witness the paddling, to make sure it was done correctly and without harm. So I called the teacher out and I paddled
the student. Three swats with the paddle. I wasn't gentle, it hurt, but I also didn't put all my strength into it. This was a six year old child,
Afterwards, I went to the teacher's lounge and had a good cry. I hated doing that.
But you know what? It worked. For the rest of the year, my class behaved totally different. They respected me, that one child no longer misbehaved
so spectacularly, and I was actually able to teach.
Now I work in a school district where we are not allowed to paddle. Discipline is a joke. The worst thing I can do to a child is give him or her
silent lunch or make him walk laps during recess....it has very little efffect on behavior. Like the teacher mentioned in the OP, I too have had
children laugh at me because they know my hands are tied.