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cantmakeme Wed 22-Feb-17 07:29:13

DD is 6 and year 1. She told me that her teacher shouted and sent her out of class because she yawned during a lesson. This sounds really weird to me. DD said that when the teacher came to get her back from the other room, she told DD that it is rude to yawn during lessons. I can understand teaching children to stifle public yawns when others are speaking... but shouting and sending her out of the class just seems ridiculous to me. I'm thinking of asking her teacher about this - AIBU?

ninenicknames Wed 22-Feb-17 07:32:01

I used to get in trouble for this at school, 35 years ago

bigTillyMint Wed 22-Feb-17 07:37:20

It sounds like a complete overreaction on the teachers part.

Why don't you ask the teacher about it, in a non-confrontational way - try and find out if your DD does it loudly/dramatically/frequently - is it distracting others or did the teacher just think it was rude. Then you can talk to your DD about it (hopefully with the teacher) in a clear way about why she got into trouble so that she is able to practice yawning in a less noticeable way?!

MagicMarkers Wed 22-Feb-17 07:39:07

It depends. Is she stifling the yawn and covering her mouth or is she doing big, ostentatious, attention-seeking yawns?

lilyboleyn Wed 22-Feb-17 07:41:53

There's a difference between a little yawn and a huge dramatic one that interrupts the lesson.

OpalFruitsMarathonsandSpira Wed 22-Feb-17 07:45:02

It is very ambiguous.

I would send a child out for a 'performance fart' but would ignore a 'oh man I just farted' blush fart.

Consider the context before you judge too harshly.

longdiling Wed 22-Feb-17 07:46:33

If it sounds really odd then it probably didn't happen exactly that way. Ask the teacher but don't 'confront' the teacher iyswim.

angeldelightedme Wed 22-Feb-17 07:48:48

I think you DC is not tellu g you the whole story!

cantmakeme Wed 22-Feb-17 07:54:36

Yes, I thought it sounded odd, and asked her whether she maybe argued with the teacher or laughed after yawning. She claims not. I wouldn't make a massive deal about it anyway and confront the teacher rudely. I just wasn't sure how to make of it when my DD asked how she can stop yawning as she doesn't want to be told off in front of the class again.

Ivechangedmyname1 Wed 22-Feb-17 08:05:47

*A yawn is how the brain equalizes the atmospheric pressure inside your skull. It is why you yawn on airplanes, driving in the mountains and when a storm is coming in, the atmospheric pressure builds quickly, also your ears pop everything you swallow. While you're studying, your body becomes less active almost dormant while your mind works on, increasing the atmospheric pressure through increased blood flow and heat exchanged by it.*

I always yawn when working or learning, it helps me concentrate. I don't do it to be rude and I always explain it to lecturers etc.

Maybe this is why she yawned? I'd have a word with the teacher. Trying to stifle a yawn is hard enough tbh.

longdiling Wed 22-Feb-17 08:11:38

I think I'd tell her to just pop her hand over her mouth. I wonder if she was generally fidgeting/lolloping/sighing heavily alongside the yawning.

AHedgehogCanNeverBeBuggered Wed 22-Feb-17 08:16:00

I'd take your DD's word about what happened with a pinch of salt - I highly doubt the teacher would send her out for a discreet yawn. Why not teach her proper manners - cover her mouth, say 'excuse me'.

Spikeyball Wed 22-Feb-17 08:16:08

I've told children off for exaggerated attention seeking yawns.

Imamouseduh Wed 22-Feb-17 08:19:04

have you taught her that it's good manners to cover her mouth? I despise seeing people yawn without covering their mouth, it's rude and revolting.

Yukbuck Wed 22-Feb-17 08:19:34

She'd hate me! I'm always knackered and one of the downsides to that is that I yawn a lot. In fact, even when I've had enough sleep rare I still yawn !!
I imagine that this is either two things. 1. Teacher being unreasonable or 2. Your DD did one of those exaggerated yawn.
I really can't see why a teacher would do this otherwise as kids yawn all the time. It can't be helped!

blueirishues Wed 22-Feb-17 08:20:28

As with most necessary bodily functions, it can be done ostensibly or not!

Snowflakes1122 Wed 22-Feb-17 08:41:06

Maybe the teachers lessons are boring her!! grin

Sounds a tad dramatic of the teacher.

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