||[Sep. 21st, 2012|01:53 pm]
The Question Club
In regards to teachers giving/receiving hugs from their students is it acceptable/unacceptable?
it is never acceptable to either give or receive hugs from students
it is always acceptable to either give or receive hugs
it is acceptable to give hugs but not receive them
it is acceptable to receive hugs but not give them
other.... I'll explain in comments
In your opinion what is the appropriate reaction/action for a teacher to take when a student hugs them?
Bonus points if you're a teacher and give some anecdotes.
I have always been really at ease with children; however, I become incredibly anxious when they hug me. Not because I hate being touched or anything like that, but the whole legality thing. I never, ever initiate any hugs, but I still receive many, which results in me stiffening up. On the other hand, I don't want kids, especially very young, ones to feel rejected either. Still, it is also important for students to understand that they need to ask permission before touching someone... I just usually never have the chance either... usually its like, -hug- -run away-, am I taking this way too seriously or should I make more of an attempt to be clear about boundaries? If so... how?
I feel more anxious about it as I get closer to becoming a substitute.
Oh, an another one,
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