Disappointment

I was wondering; to what point a teacher can tell a child, student that he/she is disappointed?

Isn’t the ‘disappointment’ the privilege of the parent(s)? To what extend has a teacher the right to use this emotional state of mind to teach children? And most-of all, when is it the right time to use this emotion to set limits? Is it limit setting?  Where s the logic behind that expression?

What is the child supposed to do after that comment? Does the child need to start pleasing the person, teacher to re-gain … what?

I do have tremendous issues with that expression towards children that are with you, being taught and helped to build up their knowledge and confidence.

Don’t we all agree that we are there to support them through their mistakes? How do I, or does one help the child by using that emotional state of disappointment? I really don’t understand.

I hope that teachers all over the world do not use this expression. You are there to guide, support and help to classify their doings, hence mistakes.

As a parent, ok, you can or could be disappointed, depending on the situation of course. But as a teacher?

As a definition, it says, … sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfilment of one’s hopes or expectations.

Questions: As a teacher you should always help the child to be successful . The older the more they shall take care of themselves, but at no time, they should only please you, they should please themselves. That is creating strength and self-confidence.

As we know, we learn and learned through our mistakes. Why take away that part of learning by using disappointment as tool of teaching?

Some food for thought.

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