Miss Night's Marbles

Musings, mumbles, marvels, and sometimes mockery, live from kindergarten.

Ask Miss Night

Ok, I have no idea how this is going to go, but let’s try it!

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? I’m thinking specifically about classroom related things, but I’ve been a nanny, a preschool director, a teen leadership director, and a summer camp director, too, so anything in the generally kid-related realm is ok. I think most of my readers are teachers, but parents are welcome to submit questions, too. If you’re feeling even braver, we could throw it out to the lovely readers and see what OTHER teacher-types have to say.

Oh, and I won’t share your name, your e-mail address, or your location unless you ask me to. I will, however, link to your website or blog, so don’t include it if you don’t want me to share it. I can make up a pseudonym for you, or you can make up your own, if you prefer.

The idea here is for your question (and my response) to be posted here, as a blog post. That means there may be comments. Most of the comments will be lovely and helpful, because it seems most of my readers are like that. Some of them MAY be critical. I promise to jump to your defence, and promptly remove anything that is mean-spirited. But really: let’s all play nicely, okay?

So, fill out the form and let’s give this baby a whirl!

8 Responses to “Ask Miss Night”

  1. Chris says:

    How do you like nannying

  2. Donna says:

    I would like print the “Dear parents about that kid” article to share at our staff meeting. may I have permission to print for a staff of 15?
    Thank you,

  3. Kelly says:

    I have a parent who feels like THAT child is negatively impacting their own child so much (teaching their child how to be mean) that they don’t want their child in the same class. In a small private school where we only have one class per grade level and parents are paying and thereby entitled, how would you manage this conversation? How would you impart to the parents that in all areas of life, even in preschool, their child will encounter unacceptable behavior from others and this is the perfect opportunity for their child to make the right choice and act appropriately despite someone else’s behavior.

  4. […] I don’t have “systems.” I have relationships. As I re-read these now, it is that simple. I cannot think of a single system or routine in my classroom that is applied universally to every child at all times in all situations. What works for one does not work for another and makes things even worse for a third. I have had situations with specific children where the best way to communicate about behaviour was to have a private “chart” that went home every day. This is not my favourite strategy, but it was the best one for THAT child and THAT family in THAT situation. For other kids, it has been best to cue them in advance of any potentially challenging event. For still others, we have role-played and practiced the right words and actions. I know there are naysayers out there, who will find this all too nebulous, too airy-fairy and hippie-dippie to be manageable. I don’t have an answer for those people. For me, these 8 truths simply work. I don’t know if they will work for you, too. I would, however, challenge you to try just one of them. Re-define problematic behaviour. Find and change a pattern. Focus on your relationship with a challenging child. And then, please, come back here and let me know how it went. Need more detail? Unsure of how to apply this to a specific child or situation? Submit your question to Ask Miss Night! […]

  5. This is such an interesting format! Thanks so much, I think this will become popular. Your answer is so detailed and helpful.

  6. […] new friend JB, who submitted my very first Ask Miss Night question, just hours after I first added the page. JB, you will never know what a confidence booster that was. The very least I can do in return is […]

  7. […] Not much of a post tonight,  – just a request that you check out my new page: Ask Miss Night! […]

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