Male preschool teacher ?

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  1. TeacherSandra

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    I think we need more males in the teaching field as well!
    I must admit that when I saw a male PreKinder teacher at my son's school; I questioned myself...would I want him for my son? my daughter? He is very professional; the parents love him as well as the kids.
    I teach PreKinder at a private school; when I take the boys (my aide takes the girls); the bathroom door is always open and I stand right there and wait for them to come out. I always ask if they are ok or need any help and if so; to come where I am at. We are not supposed to wipe them at all (girls included; kids must be independent) My boys are pretty much independent now; but sometimes they have a problem with their buttons on the pants. I instruct them to come over to me where I am (by the door). I help them and then they zip themselves. During the first month of school; I found the majority of my boys had alot of help from their folks.
     
  2. puff5655

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    One of my preschool teachers when I was young was actually a male.. so was my Kindergarten teacher.
     
  3. Ben Dover

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    I am a male preschool teacher. I work with the 4 and 5 year olds who are mostly independent with toileting. If they need help with buttons or pants I just make them come out of the bathroom before I help them. I have been doing it for 13 years and it has never been a problem for me. Besides, in today's society young children need a male influence in their lives. Too many of them are growing up with single moms.
     
  4. WaProvider

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    I love the idea of Males in Education and in Preschool. My classrooms are so much more fun and efficient when we have males working. I can see why you were uncomfortable, however, I think that if you were to make your fears known people would be able to help find ways to alleviate them. Please try to find a way to accept the sub position next time rather than decline.
     
  5. Blue

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    Some of my best teachers have been males. I would make sure you have a written policy about bathroom routines, being alone with childen, and hugging.
     
  6. MissMav

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    My daughter has a male teacher this year (she is in 1st grade) and I think it's wonderful!

    And if there was a male applicant for the recent opening for my assistant, I would have had him do the working interview with me in a heartbeat! Males have such an influence on children.
     
  7. Froreal3

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    Don't worry.

    Don't worry what other people think. Males are as great with young children as females are. In some states though, men aren't allowed to change diapers. Where I am from (NYC) and where I live now (GA) that is not the case. I don't understand that rule, but whatever. I'm sure once you get into the routine you will feel more comfortable. In my school the doors to the potty are half doors so you are pretty much always in view regardless if you are male or female. I am currently working in a Twos classroom, so their toileting needs are vastly different from a pre-K or even older preschool child. BTW, I've worked with several male teachers in rooms that ranged from 12-36 months. They've been great.
     
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    As a Gen Ed teacher, I had an inclusion student with diapering needs. When the TA was absent, I often left the TA to monitor my class for a few minutes and I took over the bathroom needs. It was easier, quicker and more comfortable for the student for me to be the one to do it rather than someone the student didn't know.
     
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    I been a MALE preschool teacher and loved it. I am trying to get back in the field. Hey you put your pants on one leg at a time just like female teachers! LOL
     
  11. swati10

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    Hello
    Children are never too young to become “woke” to social justice ideology. A new preschool is set to open in the City neighborhood of Seattle, aiming to indoctrinate children younger than seven in social justice and intersectional theory.
     
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    Yeah when I subbed in K-1 they wanted to give me hugs... I mean they just reach out their arms and/or run into you... and I'm like ''uh...'' Fist bump?!
    :rofl:
    I'm like that with ALL the kids, but the older ones don't even give you a chance. They DEMAND hugs... And the 5th graders are stronger so they just like bear hug me.
     
  13. AlwaysAttend

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    This is an ancient thread.

    I'm a teacher, i need too much sleep to ever be "woke". Plus I just think it's a silly expression. I do love the urban dictionary definition though:

    Woke:
    A state of perceived intellectual superiority one gains by reading The Huffington Post.
    Ali is so woke. At brunch she explained how wearing anything other than Chuck Taylor's or Tom's is really a microaggression. Hey did you get your Amy Schumer tickets yet?
     
  14. Mufasa122

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    I agree, make sure you’re never alone with a child in that situation. I’ve wiped many boy’s bottoms, and I always have someone covering me while I’m doing it. I’m a guy who has subbed at a few different daycares, and I tend to stick to a “boys only” policy by my own choice. Personally I find nothing inappropriate with wiping a young girl’s bottom if it was out of necessity, but not every parent feels this way, especially parents of little girls. That’s why I stick to taking care of all the boys, and I have the female co-teacher or Para take care of all the girls. Always make sure you’re covered no matter what, have the bathroom door open and have someone watching you at all costs. Also, if another employee closes themselves into a bathroom with a child that’s not theirs, even in the case of a female teacher with a female child, open the door and remind them that they can’t be behind a closed door with them for their own protection.
     
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    In my opinion it is sad that we have to think about these things. You have no ill intentions and should be able to do what a female teacher does without any worries about discomfort. I see where you are coming from though and understand.
     
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    I think a male preschool teacher is great - however, I'm curious about you being asked to help kids in the bathroom as a sub. Whenever I've subbed there's been a STRICT no-contact policy; technically I wasn't even allowed to tie shoes.
     
  17. AlwaysAttend

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    It probably depends on the district.
     
  18. Master Pre-K

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    It’s expected of all staff, and major part of the job as a teacher in preschool. If this is something you want to do, be prepared to wipe a few times a week. Even 5 year olds have accidents, and they ALL need help when they have diarhhea.

    They have runny noses and vomit a lot too. It’s an occupational habit. I’m fighting a cold or I truly believe strep throat at this moment. When they can’t clean themselves well, you have to help them change clothes. (keep a supply of latex gloves, plastic bags & baby wipes) You also need to clean and disinfect the bathroom (or call the custodian ASAP) or the entire building will get sick.

    I would rather a male teacher wipe my grand daugter’s bottom, than see her with a raw and irritated butt, and soiled clothing.
     

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