Exposure to negative behavior does do harm. And it certainly isn't on the rare occasions. Unfortunately the students are getting numb to it. We had a first grader tell a teacher to f*** off, and the rest of the class wasn't shocked.Very well said, but it's not the exposure to negative behaviors that does the harm. It is authority leaving those behaviors unaddressed that delivers the wrong message to the kids.
Most teachers are very good at classroom management and on those rare occasions when they ask for backup, they should get it...from the staff in their building and from the school board.
They should be. When they parents were contacted, they didn't seem to care either. So that student continues that behavior. His classmates have learned all sorts of interesting words this year. There is little help to be had. We have support staff (a social worker and a psychologist) but these are the parents that refuse to have either of these people working with their kid. Parents can do that. We can offer support and they can refuse and there is nothing we can do because of "parent rights" and "parents know their child best". But what the higher ups fail to realize is that there are so many uneducated, unwilling or incapable parents out there that often times, no, parents do not know best.
I really do wish there was a magical fix so that we could get back to teaching instead of crisis management. I don't mean to sound so cynical (it's the end of the year and we're all ready for a break!) We want all of our students to be successful. And many of them are. It's just so frustrating to give your all to a child just to have him, and possible his parents, tell you to F*** Off!