Contributed by Jessy Rae D. Licaroz – Teacher III, Sta. Rosa Elementary School, Pilar
Humiliation is NEVER OK!
Many of us can recall a situation when we were humiliated by a teacher. If you close your eyes and recall it, it still has the power to make you cringe. For many of us, if we have not resolved our feelings toward those teachers, then we still haven’t forgotten them.
We all need to use our influence to provide a safe environment for all students regardless of their behaviour. Here are a dozen ways to prevent students from humiliation:
- Don’t give a student embarrassing words.
- Keep communication between you and your students private when talking about their academic failure. Motivate them to study well!
- Praise every single achievement of your students.
- Avoid sarcasm, even if your students might laugh at it. Students often save face by hiding how humiliated they really feel.
- Pay close attention to body language. Sometimes what a student is saying is not what he is feeling. If a student shows discomfort, defensiveness or withdrawal, make sure everything is ok between you.
- If you notice any sudden change in a student’s behaviour, especially indications of withdrawal, find time as quickly as possible to make sure that you have not been hurtful to that student, even unintentionally.
- Never scold a student in a public place. Try to have a heart to heart talk with him in private.
- Give more time to students who need more attention.
- Always give students the right to pass when you call upon them in class.
- Call on all students equally. If a student gives a wrong answer, don’t embarrass him instead let him choose another student who can help him.
- Ask students to tell you or preferably write you a note about anything that they might find humiliating or embarrassing in class, and be sure not to do those things with any student that specifically informs you.
- Tell your students a story about a time when you were embarrassed by a teacher, discuss it with them, and listen to their suggestions of what could have been done to resolve the incident. Come up with a class poster called, “when you are embarrassed, you can….” and list the best suggestions.
Every student in school deserves the right to feel emotionally safe from embarrassment and humiliation by teachers, by other students and the people in his environment. When his safety is violated, not only his academic performance suffers but also he might never be free of the hurt for the rest of his life.
Bullying: What Schools, Parents and Students Can Do (2015) retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/franklin-schargel/bullying-what-schools-par_b_4103901.html