Is it normal for a kindergarten teacher to do this?

Lol a kindergarten teacher expecting Picasso out of the 5 yr Olds she taught for 2 weeks? :joy:
She’s clearly teaching the wrong age group if she wants perfection. Expecting a 5 yr old to stay within the lines is like expecting a 2 yr old to sit perfectly still for 10 minutes. Not gonna happen. If it is legitimately for colouring out of the lines I definitely would feel some type of way about it. That’s ridiculous.

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Yeah that’s not cool and we’d be having a chat. It’s a coloring sheet and they are five.

Uhm no. That’s ridiculous

My daughter is in pre school and the teacher told the class they would get a lollipop when they learn the days of the week. My kid cried all the way home bc teacher didn’t give her a lollipop but two other students did. I was livid and didn’t think it was fair at all. They’re three and don’t understand but my mom told me " so if you’re kid is in gymnastics and there is a competition do you think your child should get a trophy just bc other students won 1st or second trophy? " made me realize she has to learn somehow all her teacher wanted is to motivate her to learn her days of week we don’t get trophy if we don’t win period… she recited her days of the week by the end of the next school day and got a lollipop…

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My kid is in grade 1 and can’t color in the lines yet. That seems extreme!

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I’m gonna be honest here… probably unpopular opinion too but I am 35 and remember clear as day my kindergarten teacher lightly swatting my hands and giving sad faces if I colored out of the lines or twisted my paper around different directions and honestly I appreciate it now! It caused me to focus better and try harder to stay in the lines and produce the cleanest work I could. I wish my children would’ve been corrected by their teachers early on because one is now 13 and her penmanship and coloring skills are crap! She just doesn’t have that sense of importance that my teacher lit in me. :woman_shrugging:t2:

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We teach our kids it’s ok to color outside the lines. We want them to think outside the box. And to not be contained. I would be ticked.

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The teacher doesn’t sound as if she has had any good education in what to expect from that age group or how to motivate them & teach them well.

It’s kindergarten. Why are kids being graded?!

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If coloring within the lines was the objective, a sad face is a method of showing a grade

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Why would she do that… Bring it to their attention to work on. Don’t use tactics that cause insecurities.

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This is the problem with the world these day, everyone thinks they are entitled to participation trophies. How do you expect a child to learn if they just get a good job on everything they do weather it’s right or wrong :thinking: For example; when potty training, do you give your kid a sticker everytime they sit on the potty or just when they use it? How would they learn if they get a sticker every single time they sit down on it vs going to the potty? If the student was instructed to color inside the lines (which is something simple that is being taught) how would they know they didn’t follow the proper instructions if she just gives everyone a happy face? I would just explain to the child what they did not correctly do and work with them on what to do. Seems more logical than getting mad about it.

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He’s 5 leave him alone he’ll get it

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This is like the 5th time I seen a post like this since school started I’m wondering if it’s a new kindergarten thing this year?

They expect way too much my son was denied to go to kindergarten because he didn’t color inside the lines they made him go to pre k instead. Like wtf seriously :expressionless:

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That’s a little much they are just a child

That’s ridiculous. I’d have a word with the teacher

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My nephew is 5 and don’t color in lines we correct him we say great job buddy just try to do inside lines next time

No no no. That is terrible.

My boss told a lady we work with to go back to Mexico if she didn’t under stand or rules then mocks her when to try to talk

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I know I will get come cruel remarks about this comment but that’s fine, I’m just old fashion…I think some people expect to much out of little children that age. Babies need to be babies for a while and not made to be adults before it’s time to be adults…

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I have been a teacher for 17 years (one year in k) and I would never put a sad face on a paper. I would be upset :rage: as a parent.

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No. Definitely not okay.

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That teacher has issues

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That’s uncalled for - nope :-1:

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That’s not normal and is so sad to hear an educator shame a 5 year old over coloring :woman_facepalming: please assure your child there is nothing wrong with what they did, things just take practice and to keep trying their best because as long as they try to do their best at this stage that’s all that matters. Try working on coloring and staying inside the lines at home as well. I’d also be emailing their teacher about this so you can have a face to face conversation about how uncalled for that type of behavior from a kindergarten teacher. If she has concerns she should be emailing you expressing them, not putting sad faces on your kids work. There’s other more mature ways she could have dealt with this

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Id turn it into a happy face and hang it on the fridge and I’d be having a word with that teacher. Thats completely rediculous.

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Absolutely not. Positive encouragement will be far more beneficial than criticism at that age. They are still developing their motor skills which takes time and practice. Id be asking if this kind of teaching is in their policies and practices or if it’s just this teacher.
Some people may say not a big deal but the method in which we teach young people IS a big deal. You want to foster a love for learning and build up a child’s confidence not continually knock them down

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A good teacher never does a sad face

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Children starting out their first schooling year, need positivity. They don’t need a low self esteem.

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Absolutely not, why would a teacher shame a 5 year old?!? I’d be pissed off

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Terrible teaching. A couple years ago my son who has learning disabilities was picked on by his teacher. I caught her, my husband caught her and my boss caught her! (During remote learning!) When I literally told her off during a video chat, she completely ended the conversation and we agreed she wouldn’t bring it up again… well she did bring it up again, accused him of the same thing we all knew he didn’t do and believe me by the end of the year she did not like me. You really need to watch out for teachers. Some are phenomenal, I could name more good teachers than bad to be honest. However Some are real bully’s when you don’t pay attention to how they treat your child.

If you don’t like this teachers methods, ask for a new one for your child. I am so glad we have switched to a school that teachers are ABA trained. So much better than our previous school. These teachers don’t teach kids just their way. They teach them the way the kids learn.

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Has anyone seen kindergartners coloring they all are out of lines…from seeing the walls at my daughters school in kindergarten that’s pretty normal coloring…

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She must be old school. In my day they would do that.when I got a smiley face sure made me happy

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Supposed to encourage not make a child feel like a failure …wow!! As an educator, parent and grandparent, I am definitely against this. Learning is a process

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Nope my daughter is kindergarten an she isn’t always in the lines. that’s not normal most kindergarteners color outside the lines I would say something.

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Uncalled for. I homeschool for this and many other reasons!

No, never! What in the actual hell is wrong with teachers these days!!:face_with_symbols_over_mouth:

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That’s horrible!!! They are so young and learning still! Teach them how to the right way and tell them how proud you are for their effort with a happy face! My daughter was in first grade last year and she is a young version of her grade and I know she is very strong willed and stubborn and a little firecracker and I did warn this teacher about this but she picked on her the whole year! It was awful! Get him/her a new teacher! Talk to the school

Are you kidding me?:woman_facepalming:t3: sensitive!

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I spoke to a teacher that did that to my child (now 40 year old, very artistic designer), for a coloring sheet, as well! Thankfully, I was able to state my opinion calmly, she listened, and the rest of the year went well. (Sometimes I think it is the new teachers that don’t have children of their own), may need a little reality check.

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I always preferred to put a smiley face or a sticker on work that was done correctly/well, rather than focusing on the negative. But, yes, depending on the assignment and the specific instructions, this is normal grading for the littles.

I’ve never had this happen with my kids. I’d be upset, as well. It’s only the second week, and I feel like this is just discouraging to Kindergarten age kids.

I would like to think its never appropriate this is upsetting to me.

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Yeah that’s not okay…

A lot of teachers now expect them to come in and do everything themselves and know all the material. A few yrs ago teachers at a local school told them they would not even help tie their shoes bc they should know how!

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I mean exactly how bad was it?

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My daughter is in pre k and has a older teacher… she does the same or puts did not follow instructions when she colors out side of the lines

Yeah I would be having some words with that teacher. No one especially a teacher should be making a KINDERGARTEN feel bad like that or in any shape. I would not stand for that and would be removing my child from her classroom immediately

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Teacher sounds tacky and unprofessional

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I’d be a little peeved. Like why kill creativity… unless it’s being graded (which it shouldn’t be) why does it matter how they color?

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Normal depending on the model they are using and what behavior the child was displaying during activity. If the child CAN color in the lines but does not do so due to behavioral issues

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I mean to me, it sounds normal depending on what the child’s behavior was like and if they intentionally did it because they were “goofing off”, not paying attention, not taking their time to just rush to do the next activity, etc. As a parent you may see a sad face but there’s another story than just the teacher putting a sad face on that coloring sheet. If it would make you feel better, have a conversation with your kiddos teacher

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Makes me not want to put my child in school, I have to figure something out

I never had that happen but I’d take a smiley / sad face over what’s happening to my daughter. She’s in 1st grade n she told me that her teacher screams at kids and one day she said the kids are so frustrating and she had to step out of the classroom for a breather. Some people need to rethink their career choices.

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That was uncalled for, their suppose to encourage the kids

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No it’s not ok. Teachers should be encouraging their students not making them upset over trying. I see a lot this though. Some educators like to have power trips over students & even parents. Then we wonder why kids are bullying young & getting into fights in school.

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Shame on that teacher.

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Every teacher is different. Every teacher has their own way of doing things. Sounds like husband needs a sad face

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No it is not nasty teacher…

Maybe find different work. Their children. Come on

I agree, kindergarten is the year for encouragement and learning those things, not just being expected to do so. My son never once colored exactly how he was supposed to and his teachers always encouraged him cause he’s artsy.

My child is currently in kindergarten and this is not okay! Do they really expect them to color in the lines ? It’s art maybe child likes the colors outside the lines it’s called Art . I would totally be upset by this and I personally don’t know how to hold my tongue so the school would definitely hear about this ! It’s not like the teacher sent a note home stating students needs a little extra help at home in shapes , letters ,colors ect it’s fucking coloring

No…are you FREAKING Joking!!!

No that’s just stupid why would you put a sad face when they’re trying to color they are learning that’s what they’re supposed to do at that age not be perfect

Not ok👎🏼… not all teachers are great, I’ve learned that many times over.

Teacher is a jerk. So a 6 year old can’t stay in the lines. Time to call the authorities.

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Everyone on here is saying that the teacher shouldn’t be working with children? That the teacher should find a different line of work? Why don’t all of you go be teachers? And why hasn’t anyone said the obvious? Teach your child to color inside the lines! Then they won’t get a sad face and make daddy mad! Is dad gonna throw a fit and go up to the school? If his child fails a test? Teach your children that sometimes it’s OK to feel disappointment. The teacher would like for you to do better next time. That’s called growth. Which it sounds like this teacher would foster! This is why there is so many entitled disrespectful young people in the world today? Because when they might actually have some type of a feeling that the “parent” cannot handle. Everyone comes in and says that the teacher should not be a teacher anymore.! You all have, won :1st_place_medal: Because there is a major shortage of teachers! I don’t blame them! Look at all the disrespect that they get! I’m tired of it! 

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Wtf? No that’s not ok

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Shame on that teacher…(thats my opinion) the teacher is supose to help them learn and Inspire them…besides some of the greatest artist color outside the lines…art is supose to be an expression of one’s self. Not others…I would be an un happy camper in this situation as well…I say speak with the teacher and let her know how you feel about it…then I would speak with my child. And let them know…if they did their best then that was a great job…reguardless of what the teacher out on that paper

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No. This is not acceptable at all. The child is in K for goodness sake. They are learning. They are not going to color inside the line. The teacher needs to be encouraging. You need to be having a major talk with this teacher and whomever is over said teacher. Asap!!!

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Yes it is normal. All 4 of my children went through that.

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I tell my son that his paper is incorrect and he needs more practice with coloring. I personally don’t see anything wrong with it. They need to know what they do wrong so they can fix it.

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Uh I hv been teaching preschool for 19 years and a mentor for teachers for 2 years and personally do NOT think drawing a sad face on a students coloring paper is appropriate or nice. I would be upset and nicely ask the teacher to explain her thinking about why she did that and let her know that you do not want her to draw sad faces on yr child’s coloring paper and to come up with other positive ways to teach the student to color in the lines. SMH definitely not ok, and especially if your child said something or it hurt their feelings. Speak up but nicely and talk to teacher.

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Some teachers can be cruel
Simply teach your child
It doesn’t matter if they stay in the lines or not
What’s important is they enjoyed colouring in

I’m in my 50’s and don’t always get it in the lines

Why would that not be okay? She’s a teacher, she grades papers accordingly! If the kid colored outside of the line then the picture was colored wrong. Why would she lie that it wasn’t?! This whole comment thread is pathetic. When my child messes up I expect her teacher to TEACH her…

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If they were supposed to color in the lines well :woman_shrugging:t4:

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Nope, teacher is a real piece of work. Soooo happy we homeschool our kids

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Absolutely not needed - they will learn slowly but steadily to follow the instructions - till then only those who have patience should be called a TEACHer

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That is absolutely ridiculous. I would be wondering how she treats those babies.:sob:

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That is not okay! You need to have a conference with her and tell her so.

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When I was in playgroup I was 3.5 years old and my teacher literally slapped me on my face because the color got out of the line and also one time when I slept during class…I never slept in class after that though…some teachers are just miserable

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I taught kindergarten for 15 years before becoming a SAHM. The answer is no. That wasn’t even a skill I taught. I taught academics.

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Hell no that ain’t normal.

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Go to your child’s teacher and let her know how unacceptable it is and that if she continues this kind of action, You will also be taking The Proper Action!!!

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I could see putting a happy face and writing " good job but try to stay in the lines next time" def seems a bit harsh given the age of the student

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I would b absolutely pissed! Not acceptable at all. Teachers are to teach not degrade our children

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I am 35 and I remember them doing it to mine as a child.

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No, THAT IS NOT OKAY!!

Boo-hiss to that teacher!!

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That’s definitely not ok

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This is done to help the kid learn. To show them they did the assignment incorrectly and also the assignment was to color inside of the lines for a reason. This shows a child’s coordination, dexterity, ability to follow directions…It has a lot more underlying it usually. A frowny face will upset a child yes, BUT will also cause them to strive for the smiley they want.

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No not good teaching skills

Hell no, it is not normal. I’d have been in that school fast.

In this case, she is out of line. The child is only in kindergarten. A sad hear does not encourage.

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It’s ok just show your kid hey you wasn’t suppose to color out of the lines. Next time color in the lines… bed you get a smile.

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That person should NOT be a teacher!!!

That a big no.She should understand as a teacher they are still learning.:smiling_face_with_tear:

It’s her job to teach the kids how to do things correctly. If she puts a smiley face on every paper that doesn’t stay within the lines how do they learn it wasn’t accurate. If she put a smiley face then the child would think they did a wonderful job and not try better next time. That’s why as parents we should teach our children at home that they may get a sad face but what matters is how hard they tried!! And sit down with the child and work with them on how to stay within the lines. Don’t blame the teacher for doing her job!!

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So are all these people saying this is not ok then ok with teachers not teaching students? I’m so confused… If he didn’t do the assignment correctly she only has smiley or sad faces to use… Would you have preferred an F? The teacher was simply showing your child they didn’t do what was asked of them… She’s there to teach your kid… not be their best friend or shower then in affection. If you guys don’t want the teacher to teach your kid you should pull your kid out and self homeschool

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In kindergarten ? No lol like that’s the year kids are to get used to going to school and settling in with “teachers” and “new kids “ and doing work in general and getting “ on schedule” not to color in the lines know their math and writing etc that’s insane I’d definitely talk to them about it and be like uhhhh can you explain why the sad face ?