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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 5:41pm
I want your opinions. I am a mom AND a teacher and I am displeased with something my son's teacher is doing. This is 2nd grade. Last week she decided that any child who hadn't already "passed" the subtraction facts test (100 of them in six minutes) would have to do a sheet of 100 problems at recess, every day until it's passed. We work at home each night with him on this, and he struggles with it. Other math, he does EXTREMELY well in , but the basic facts memorization is hard on him. I feel like she's not helping matters. He ends up mad at her, hating school now because his free time is "ruined".. just seems odd to me. Any opinions?
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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 9:56pm
I have been lurking on this board for awhile. I don't know if my input is appropriate or not but here goes. I am a 1:1 Aide for a child with ADHD, "some" Asbergers, some emotional problems, etc. He is in First Grade. The general rule for our class is recess is very important to the children. Recess is only taken away for a very grave infraction of a rule. Children who are having trouble with math timings are sent home with a math sheet to work on with their parents. It is usually the same sheet they had trouble with during the day. As far as I know, that is the same rule followed in Second Grade. As a matter of fact, part of my duties are lunch time detention. I have never seen any children held in for that. They may lose recess in the upper grades for not finishing homework, etc. or for behavior problems. At that time I have worked with them using flash cards, timings, etc. but only because they need the help and are in for other things.

Betsy

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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 10:51pm
That sounds really punitive to me. I'm a teacher, too, and not one to make waves, but I'd have a big problem with that. Send it home, if she feels she must, but let the kid have his recess.

My 2 cents.

Karen

 


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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 8:31am
I have been emailing the teacher about this today, I'll see what her response is. I am so disappointed in even some of the GREAT teachers. They are NOT well educated about ADHD. And this teacher although wonderful, figures if my son isn't finishing that math fact sheet fast so he can have freetime, that he just isn't "Buckling down".. BIGGEST misconception about ADHD kids, is laziness!! I feel like this is a struggle just to get through the school system with these types of kids. Even MY kid who is doing very well otherwise, it seems like there is always something- like this incident where he's going to be missing freetime just because he isn't doing his 100 math facts fast..I'm putting in a call to the school psychologist also.
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 12:10pm
Sounds like she is punishing them for not being able to do the work. Some kids need extra attention, drilling them wont do the job.

A note you to, my sons school has NO recess. They only have PE. They say there is no time for recess. They also have a silent lunch. They also like to send home lots fo homework, why I have reduced homework for my son. GEEZ they HAVE to be kids sometime!!!