Don’t lose hope in our ‘leggo beast’ children
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I just read the well written column by Ms. Blair in The Gleaner of Saturday, August 22, 2015, titled, 'Don't lose hope in "leggo beast children"'.
She was right on target on the need to train teachers on helping students move from disruptive behaviours to more socially appropriate ones. I know this because I run a school for students with severe behavioural issues in an urban setting in the United States. In fact, dealing with behavioural issues in students and providing professional development on how to do so, is my specialty.
In fact, Johns Hopkins University has identified the need for my services for students in leadership roles who work directly with school-age children. I have provided professional development at its leadership summit for two consecutive years in the area of understanding student behaviour as a means of communication and then providing interventions that match the student's personality temperament. This is an original theory that I created and have used successfully for the past 15 years.
Why do I tell you all of this? Because I am a 'Jamerican' who is passionate about serving the needs of students in Jamaica. I am the founder and executive director of It's Time for Jamaica (ITFJ), which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving education in Jamaica. You can view our website or Facebook page to see the work that ITFJ had done in Jamaica thus far.
Please accept my offer to be of service to help teachers learn how to manage and set up programmes in relation to behavioural issues. When teachers are equipped with the resources needed to manage student behavior, students are more eager to come to school and show their ability to master academic content.
Dr Lillian Cockrell