school disapline policy

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Mon, 12-12-2011 - 12:44pm

So was reading my hometown paper, not where I live now but close to it. Anyway story on how 2 parents went to school board to object that their kids missed recess as punishment for missed assignments.

For real??? This is our school policy as well and honestly I don't the issue. One parent complained her kid missed for 6 weeks. HELLO why not nip it in the bud by asking your kid is your homework done??? They are complaining its an unfair policy. Let me tell you as a mom of an ADHD kid with other learning issues he will do EVERYTHING to get out of work but make him miss recess just ONCE and he will make sure it don't happen for awhile longer at least. That was one of the ONLY ways I could get him to do the reading log last year. You don't turn it in you miss recess, it was a GREAT motivator for me and his teacher. Yes he needs that break but he also needs to do the work. I got a kick out of a school admins comment. Something to the effect that missing recess but sure as gets missing work done.

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Mon, 12-12-2011 - 1:48pm
That's interesting. It seems surprising that it would go to the school board. I think that's what our school does too, as does the school where DH teaches. The kids also miss recess - or at least get minutes taken away - for other misbehaviors.

I don't necessarily think it's the best consequence, but I don't really mind it. If I was a teacher, I'd want the kids to get out as much energy as possible at recess instead of making them bottle it up.

We've really been trying to move toward natural consequences. I know it's hard, but it seems like maybe just giving the child a "zero" on the homework would be a more natural consequence - don't you think? That's what happened when I was a kid. Of course we got real grades WAY back then. ;)
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Mon, 12-12-2011 - 6:44pm

They left it they were contacting dept of ed to see if its a "proper punishment" they are also exploring an after school on wednesday for missed work. Now thats how we did it. We had half a days on Wednesdays if you were behind you had to stay after, if you got in trouble or had missing assignments ect you were staying after. I went to school with superintendants daughter so sure this is the model he going back to but to be honest see some resistance from the teachers union and parents. "well johnny has _____ after school so that won't work" I guess its a no win. They went in on the well if you say kids need more exercise then why are you denying them. Which I can kind of see both sides. I think if its to the point the kid misses even a week the parent needs to be called because clearly something is up if its WEEKS. Also if its WEEKS and its not resolving then clearly the punishment is NOT working so you need a new extreme. It took Liam's 1st grade teacher forever to figure out his motivator. Most kids craved stickers for points for prizes not my kid. I baffled her. Now this was a reward system which was the other thing they brought up need for positive reinforcement which ok in younger grades but aren't we supposed to be preparing these kids for the real world. My boss doesn't give me stickers for doing what I am expected. I get repremanded for not ...could ramble on this is a sore spot with me like everyone gets a trophy...ok in kindergarten and younger grades but at a certain age...

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 9:45am

Would they have preferred that their kids were paddled (like we were way back when)?




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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 4:21pm

I don't see anything wrong w/ this being used as a punishment as long as it is used properly.

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:32pm

so true, though will say I was passed the corporal punishment days but in the public humilation. We had the chain gang. If you didn't do the work you didn't miss recess you just didn't get play at recess instead you had to walk with the teacher around the playground and mainly because teacher had to supervise recess. Also it was not unheard of for a teacher to put your desk in the corner or the hall or make you stand there (not sure if that is done anymore..gonna guess NO)

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 12:42pm

Liam has provisions in his IEP that he can have reduced work but I have an agreement with teacher because its not ALWAYS about his writing issues. if he doesn't finish because

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:09pm
liamsmom724 wrote:

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:13pm
nathanielsmom110100 wrote:
I don't really understanding how those mothers even had the gall to go up against in when IMO they should have been making sure their children had done their homework.
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:20pm

"chain gang" :smileyvery-happy: That reminds me of our "In School Suspension" program. The bad kids got ISS where they'd have to sit in the gym teacher's hot little office above the gym for a week. The desks has walls around them so you couldn't see anyone and you weren't allowed to say a single word all day while the gym teacher sat there reading the newspaper. When he had a class to teach the ISS kids would run laps or mop the gym floor or something. It was the ultimate shame!

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:35pm
kellie0901 wrote:

"chain gang" :smileyvery-happy: That reminds me of our "In School Suspension" program. The bad kids got ISS where they'd have to sit in the gym teacher's hot little office above the gym for a week. The desks has walls around them so you couldn't see anyone and you weren't allowed to say a single word all day while the gym teacher sat there reading the newspaper. When he had a class to teach the ISS kids would run laps or mop the gym floor or something. It was the ultimate shame!

Now they'd call that "cruel and unusual" punishment!




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