Many times there is an over emphasis on the academic aspects of a child’s school day. Now, of course, academics are vital and should be put on the forefront in school. However, what is just as important is the child’s social and emotional functioning. Unfortunately these are often domains that are left unnoticed until they become a major problem with a child’s day-to-day academic achievement. It is important that teachers identify any possible socialization or emotional concern that one of their students may be exhibiting, prior to it becoming a major concern for that student’s daily academic life. Teachers should be on the lookout for various warning signs regarding socialization or emotional concerns.
Warning signs for social or emotional concerns:
- The child prefers to be by himself at recess.
- There is an increase in argumentative or oppositional behavior.
- The child ‘avoids’ or ‘escapes’ certain classes and situations by repeatedly going to the nurse or bathroom.
- The child appears more irritable or becomes easily frustrated.
- The child cries easily.
Many children will engage in a variety of the above behaviors at some time, and just because one or two of them appear, it does not mean that there needs to be a rush to intervention. However, if a teacher does notice any of the above behaviors in a child, it is definitely recommended that he or she bring up this information to the child’s parent. The parent may be able to provide some insight as well as help the child attain some needed interventions.