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Spinoff on "friends" vent..How about calling them "babies"
Old 09-02-2016, 01:47 PM
 
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I am reading this "popular" K/First grade teacher's blog and she constantly refers to her students as either "babies" or "friends".
She has great ideas but she is driving me crazy with the babies and friends comments.


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Old 09-02-2016, 02:29 PM
 
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YES!!!!! I've seen that on PT a number of times and it always gives me pause.

Anything you gauge the age of in years, not months, is no longer a baby.
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Our Instructional Coach constantly referred to our K-5 students as "babies." She meant it in a loving way, but we were mightily offended.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:19 PM
 
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I talk about my kindergarten babies, but I don't say it to them. It's usually when I'm trying to emphasize how young they are when developmentally inappropriate expectations are being thrown our way.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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I call my kinders my babies sometimes when I'm talking to other adults. Like ICrazyTeach said, it's more to emphasize how young they really are. I would never say it around them, though!


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Old 09-02-2016, 03:43 PM
 
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I don't call them babies, but have had a couple of special classes where I did. Not babies get your books out kind of stuff, but more you're not babies anymore, but your my babies and I promise my door will always be open.
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I am also not a fan of teachers referring to students as their "friends" (bloggers really, because in my 19 years I have never once heard a colleague of mine call their students their "friends" when discussing them to other teachers.)
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I was subbing in a fifth grade classroom at my old school. This is an open pod school that does have folding doors between the classrooms (3 on each side of an open gathering space). There is a gap, about 4 1/2 feet wide, between classrooms and teachers put bookcases and rolling cabinets in that space to make another section of the "wall". The intermediate self-contained classroom is next door to the class where I subbed. A new student, who is extremely violent and inappropriately placed, had a huge meltdown and injured a para. The other students are not safe when he is like that. I had all but 2 of the other students in my classroom before I retired. I was talking with the para that was in the 5th grade classroom that I was worried about "my babies" in wheelchairs getting injured. I guess it is because they are basically helpless to protect themselves and, after having some for up to 4 years, they are a part of my life forever.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:58 PM
 
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I teach 1st, and I sometimes use the term with other adults more as a term of endearment about my students or emphasizing how young they really still are, but I never call them babies or refer to them as such in front of them. That would be weird to me. I also don't call them that constantly (more often "my students" or "my kids").
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:28 PM
 
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Oh that's what I mean - she isn't calling them babies to their faces. It's in her blog posts but it's constant! I think it's strange.


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Old 09-02-2016, 04:59 PM
 
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I remember in one of my first education courses in college (many years ago), I had to write a paper....can't recall the topic, but I had made a comment in my paper to the effect of being a "student's friend." (Yeah, I was young and ignorant). It took me a couple of years to understand my professor's negative comment to my statement. As teacher's, we are no more a student's "friend" than a parent is a "friend" to their child. We teach, we lead, we guide......I am not getting out what I really want to say. Words are not coming.....So hopefully you understand.
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:08 PM
 
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I talk about my kindergarten babies, but I don't say it to them. It's usually when I'm trying to emphasize how young they are when developmentally inappropriate expectations are being thrown our way.
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I call my kinders my babies sometimes when I'm talking to other adults. Like ICrazyTeach said, it's more to emphasize how young they really are. I would never say it around them, though!
I'm the third K teacher to chime in and I agree with the first two. They really are babies considering what we are asking of them!
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Old 09-02-2016, 09:02 PM
 
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My para used to call our K students that (to adults, not to the kids). I had to ask her to stop because it made the K teachers furious! They also get really angry about people saying "kindie," which unfortunately for them my P says constantly! They feel it undercuts their job and makes it sound like it's all just fun and games. Personally I think they're being a bit sensitive!
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Old 09-03-2016, 06:32 AM
 
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This thread is cracking me up. I often address my second graders as "people" or "fellow humans". As in "Good job, People!" and "Good morning, Fellow Humans." My kids think it's funny. Once I had another teacher warn me that I'd better not let any parents or admin hear me calling kids humans. They might get offended.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:36 AM
 
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I'd better not let any parents or admin hear me calling kids humans. They might get offended.
What is wrong with people!?!
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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I refer to them as my pupils.......

Just kidding. My class, my students, students. That's what I say most of the time. I teach first grade.
Last year my class was a real fire-cracker. People constantly referred to it as being full of "bad kids", like I'm talking about staff saying that. I would reply with something along the lines of not having any bad kids, but it was true that I had some very "uniquely intricate snowflakes".
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I'd say up k-1
Old 09-03-2016, 04:32 PM
 
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are still in the realm of babies because they are innocent. To me, I equate innocence as being a baby. Not as a wah wah child in diapers baby, but a baby in our world. I didn't when I was younger, but as I age, I definitely see primary children as babies. Just my opinion...
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:39 AM
 
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I have heard adults say it to each other, like when referring to "our low babies." I don't like it either.

I do sometimes call a kid baby, as a term of endearment like sweetie or honey. Most teachers I know do this. Maybe a regional thing.
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I think it may be regional
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I have seriously never heard any teacher call the kinder kids babies. Sometimes they have been referred to as the little ones though!
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:48 PM
 
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I have always thought that was strange too. I remember years ago reading a story about someone who was no longer allowed to sub for certain a teacher because she did not call the students "friends". Apparently the teacher had written in her sub plans that the sub HAD to call them that.
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