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My 4th grader has to sit and do nothing every Friday during freetime


MangaMom May 15, 2009

My 4th grader has to sit and do nothing every Friday during freetime

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healthy11 May 15, 2009

Is this as some sort of punishment? Why every week? Have you spoken to the teacher about your feelings that this is inappropriate? If you haven't gotten a response from the teacher, have you brought it to the attention of the principal?


michellea May 16, 2009

This doesn't sound productive. Why is this happening? Have you spoken to the teacher? Is there an issue that the teacher is trying to fix? Is this tactic working? How does your child feel about this and is he or she the only one that is missing freetime?

Help us understand more by giving more background info and we may be able to give you some ideas on how to deal with this.


MangaMom June 1, 2009

It is punishment. Apparently she has a bunch of kids sitting quietly, doing nothing as punishment. I sent cursive worksheets to school ( his handwriting is terrible), but she says that the other kids are sitting doing nothing so she can't let him do worksheets. This punishment is supposed to get them ready for 5th grade. She says she has alot of "talkers" in her class, and they need to learn to keep quiet.


healthy11 June 1, 2009

Have you brought this situation to the attention of the principal?


michellea June 1, 2009

If the teacher cannot find a more productive way to manage the class, I think you should bring this to the principal's attention. This form of discipline seems to be counter-productive.


kelseysmom August 13, 2009

Request a meeting with the Teacher AND the Principal at the same time. Ask the Teacher point blank, why in the world is your child told to sit and "do nothing"...It may be he/she is asked to do something but doesnt agree to, or the Teacher is being very unreasonable. Dont just ask the Teacher, but make dang sure the Principal is there as well, so he/she will witness the Teacher's response first hand.

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