We’ve been having a problem in class on and off now for about two months. It’s called: The Middle Finger. I’m sure you can see where I am going with this. This all started one day when a little boy came to school and just started sticking it up at everyone – he thought it was very funny. Ms. Bennet and I explained to him that “tall man” (for those of you who don’t know – this nickname is from the song “Where is Thumbkin?”) is never a good finger to put up by itself! We thought the problem was solved – until a couple days later when we saw two more children in our class doing the same thing!
It was frustrating but we took it with stride and had a class discussion about not putting our middle finger up by itself – ever! Once again, we thought the problem was solved. But no – we keep catching children doing this! I am about ready to send a note home to parents. I am at my wits end – I just don’t know what to do. I have never had this problem in my class. Usually one student will do it – and a small talk with that child will solve the problem – but boy are these kids persistent!
I understand that children this young don’t really understand why it’s bad to put up the middle finger. They don’t see any difference between putting up the middle finger or putting up their pointer finger. Usually I don’t make such a big deal about it as I have this year. But this year other teachers brought it to my attention (the first time it ever happened we were on the playground with another class and the other teacher caught the boy who started this trend) and were very concerned and talked to him about how bad this is to do – but now they won’t stop! I think that the children might think it’s funny. I think that they think it’s silly for a finger to be called “bad” – and I get that – but they still need to stop. I don’t know – I’m hoping today’s talk (because it happened again this morning) will put an end to the situation – but who knows?
Any suggestions would be helpful…I’m just stuck for some reason. Hopefully tomorrow’s fun won’t be spoiled by anyone giving the finger…