I believe that boundaries are important not only in your personal life, but also in your professional. I also know that it is very difficult to discipline students at school that has no discipline or boundaries at home.
However, regardless of any home situations, students should not be allowed to hit teachers under any circumstances. As I stated in a previous Blog, Early Childhood is the foundation to a student’s academic experience; this also includes how to behave in certain situations.
I noticed that when these hitting situations are taken to the person in charge, either nothing is done or excuses are made in favor of the parent. None of these responses are acceptable.
I think this puts teachers in ridiculous situations. If for some reason out of reflexes; the teacher grabs the student inappropriately. The teacher could lose her job, or even worse her career. Would this be fair to the teacher, of course not, nor would it be fair to the student. We must remember that no matter what a student does; they are after all a young children.
That is why it is important for teachers to document every incident that involves a student hitting them, and report it to the person in charge, even if nothing is done. It is also important for teachers to report continued hitting situations to their State Licensing Department; documenting who they talked to and when.
But most importantly, the teachers must speak up for themselves, letting the person in charge know that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. I can guarantee you, that if the person in charge was in this same situation they would not allow a student to treat them in that way.
As you are teaching your students to respect themselves and giving them the tools to increase their self-worth; do the same for yourself and demand the respect that you deserve as a teacher and a person.