You mention kindergarten so I've a sense he's a 5 or 6 year old. Perhaps this is his first institutional (away from home and amongst many strangers) experience (a really big thing socially for him).
At home he needs to be held accountable and his parents need to behave consistently. From what you say that seems to be happening, else inconsistent handling would contribute to the teachers' burden of unlearning his having adapted to that.
He's in a new setting, he may like many incredibly smart children either be so confident or so unsettled that he feels a desire to prove himself through acting out and being uncooperative. After all, it's such a contrast -- until he arrived there, the world revolved around him (or at least that may have been pretty much his impression).
I think the teachers are expecting a bit much by reasoning with him in any detail beyond plainly remarking, either: do it (as the rest of the children are expected to do), or there'll be this or that consequence (then, consistently follow through, without apology or displaying distress).
(not a parent, but my suggestion is: that Landon attend your and your husband's meeting or at least part of the meeting, with the teacher)
I'm a little bit at a loss. You certainly sound reasonable, and cooperative, and socially graceful. I can only imagine your husband is also, and "Nana" is also cooperative.
So it's not a situation like kids who are raised who have no idea how to behave civilly. He's certainly seen civility in your home.
You do have a statement that caught my eye. "I have no idea where this complete lack of respect for authority came from, because at home he always has consequences for the types of behavior he is demonstrating at school and over the past year before he started school, his outbursts and issues (most stemming from his toddler years) have drastically diminished at home". To me, when I read that with an open mind, you are saying "he was like this before but recently he got a lot better and now he's back to his prior behavior". So this behavior of defiance and back-chat to authority were behaviors of his, but in the last year he exhibited less of it, likely due to consequences?
So. I think he may be having a hard time getting VERY CLEAR feedback to stop it, because all his instruction is couched in "making poor choices", "moving his name", "calm room". He's simply not getting at the core issue, which is "shut your mouth right now. Shut it. Not one more word".
And that's a skill he needs to learn. You see adults who end up in terrible situations because they have no ability to just shut up when backtalking authority. They end up jailed, fired, detained in airports, etc., because they don't have the skill to close their mouth.
I don't like the idea of him bringing home a bad report, and then having to do extra academics as punishment. I think the teacher should maybe just email you, at the end of the day, a quick "color" email "he did green", "he's in yellow", just so you know, and that should be that without extended consequences.
I suspect he will end up diagnosed with some kind of attention deficit. He's sitting there, not doing his math and doodling. He may be absolutely bored to distraction, he can't stand sitting there any longer, and the teacher comes and escalates the situation. It was she who escalated it, and backed him into a corner. If instead, he had been allowed to scribble and the paper was sent home with a "this is what he did in math. Please have him do half the page at home".
One of the best first grade teachers I've ever seen had a little exercise trampoline in a corner of her classroom. Kids who were distracted were able to "jump out their sillies" on the trampoline when sent there. She's just say, "Jason, 30 jumps on the trampoline and then come back and try again".
Best wishes. I think he may need a different teacher, who has more tools in her kit than just escalating with him until he's screaming. And he does need to stop the screaming.
If he's 9 years old (is he? I see you've another topic posted), then there seems likely a diagnosed condition he's contending with (to be in kindergarten at that age).
Is there a diagnosed condition for your son?
ScalpMassager, I think you might be confusing this poster with another.
Yes, you're correct. Sorry about that.
Thank you all for the responses.
In our home we've found reasoning with him in any sense just was not working. I'm of the mindset that reasoning with a 5 year old is like reasoning with a wall haha. I plan on bringing that point up to the teacher when we meet. I wish they could "put the fear" into him, like when I was a kid, but sadly, teachers don't have that freedom anymore. We are a family that firmly believes in accountability though, in ourselves as parents and in our boys. I do believe a major part of his misbehaving is attributed to the world not revolving around him anymore since this is his first experience in a school setting. He's always been good with kids his age, I don't think the other children are a distraction or anything, but I think he may have a problem with showing the teacher the respect she deserves. I thought I had taught him to respect all adults, whether you're happy with what they say or do, or not, but somewhere along the line he seems to have forgotten that.
To address the question about his previous behavior, it was similar, but not this extreme. And I also chalked it up to him being a toddler (he was 3 at the time and he's 5 now). It was handled then, but it's easier to fix in a younger child in my experience. He's always been kind of a loud little boy, but only when excited and never screaming at people when he's unhappy.
I am completely against him being medicated just for the sake of being medicated. I have an older stepson in the house with ADHD that went through that at his age because his mother pushed for it, and the results are terrifying. If he were to get diagnosed, there are more than enough natural remedies to help relieve the symptoms. Getting the school to implement these procedures would be an uphill battle though. But honestly, he shows none of the signs. And his pediatrician has been monitoring it (I voiced concerns when pregnant because of his older brother's issues) and has also not seen any of the warning signs.
I just want to be able to successfully work with the school to fix these problems, while keeping the accountability on my son where it belongs. I don't want him to grow up as one of those people who doesn't believe consequences effect them because mom and dad were always there to save them. I'm always supportive of my boys, but if they mess up, they know it's on them.
Get his eyes checked, not for the ability to see per se, but for convergence issues (a diagnostic optician or other person specializing in this can see if he has this problem). It sounds like he is breaking it up when he has to do written work. If a kid sees everyone around him doing something easily that he cannot do at all, he will scribble, or daydream, or act out.
In short, you are interpreting this as a lack of respect for authority, but there might be a physical issue going on.
Hi, sorry I came on to this post so late, but we are on vacation and internet is not always available.
My first thought is that perhaps some of the things you do at home are back firing on you. I always reminded my K teachers that at this age to discipline a child effectively - it has to be immediate. To ask parents to give consequences hours after something has been done - just will not work. All the child remembers is that home will not be nice because of whatever he did at school- and he reacts to that. Has his behavior gotten worse at school since you started punishing him at home?
If you want to help him at home, you need to know exactly what he is doing wrong at school and then work on changing those behaviors through practice at home. For instance, there is a great set of books called the "best behavior series" that are aimed at 4 to 7 year olds. They are to be read to the child at night (many times) and then practiced. Due to the colorful illustrations and examples they are a great starting point for learning new, better behaviors. "Voices are not for yelling" might be a good starting point. You can find it here along with other books in the same series like "Know and follow rules", or "hands are not for hitting", etc. The link (with reviews of the books) is http://www.amazon.com/Voices-Are-Yelling-Best-Behavior/dp/1575425017/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1BQ13P4VXBH1WNDKX746&dpID=61wlkMw50PL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_
But, to pick the best books you need to know what is going on - pick one behavior and work on that. Actually "cool down and work through anger" http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Through-Anger-Learning-Along%C2%AE/dp/1575423464/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1X3Q6DF8MTNWPZ2B933N&dpID=61THXST3JGL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_
Might be another good choice.
Something is going on that is more then just him wanting to be the center of attention. His behavior is getting worse, when it should be getting better. And from what you have posted - it seems like his teacher is doing a pretty good job. So I really think that it is important to listen to her and find out what is really going on. You might even want to visit the school and watch him.
Finally, I am also the CL here - http://www.medhelp.org/forums/ADD---ADHD/show/175.
; And I can say that there is a right way and a wrong way to deal with ADHD. I have answered so many posts that I know many doctors, teachers and parents have no clue on how to help a child with ADHD. One thing that will help is to take a look at this link on how teachers can work with a child with ADHD. These are very good practical suggestions that will help whether your son has ADHD or not. http://www.medhelp.org/forums/ADD---ADHD/show/175.
; If you have any questions about any of these feel free to repost here or if on the ADHD site.
So to sum up. check out the books I mentioned. Stop punishing him at home for what he does in school. Practice instead ways to avoid getting into trouble. Make home a happy place and it will carry over. Best wishes.
This may not help the "problem" because I strongly suspect the issue is not with your son, but is instead with a school that is not developmentally appropriate. 5 year old children learn through play, not by doing worksheets. They learn by investigating the world around them, becoming curious in it, and wanting to learn more. We as a society have decided to ignore the millions of pounds of research that prove this and insist on treating 5 year olds as if they learn like adults. Children learn to read by being read to, not by filling in worksheets. They learn to add by playing with toys with a teacher who points out quantity and asks them questions, not through flash cards. Sadly, this is not a problem only at your son's school. It is a societal crisis. We continue to insist on treating children like computers or calculators spewing out facts and sitting quietly, waiting patiently for the next querry. It sounds like your son is not disrespectful, just frustrated and is begging to be treated like who he is, a five-year-old child. Unfortunately you probably cannot convince the school to act in a developmentally appropriate manner. What you can do is give your son every opportunity to play at home. He'll learn more and be better for it.