I will listen in school and obey class rules.

October 25, 2011

Since the beginning of October, my almost 5-year old’s Pre-K teacher has been sending a calendar home with a sticker for good behavior or as I’ve been seeing a lot in the last few weeks, yellow for having received a warning for bad behavior or red for more serious offenses. The red offense includes a more detailed note about the behavior with my child’s signature on it.

These offenses have ranged from not listening, not following classroom rules and for not keeping his hands to himself. We have tried several forms of punishment to curb this classroom behavior and Troy has a few good days and then reverts to getting in trouble.

Yesterday, he came home with a yellow mark. Remembering the approach we used earlier in the year when he was still in daycare, Troy had to write sentences last night.

Although we assigned him to writing the sentence 10 times, “I will listen in school and obey class rules” was scribbled out about five times.

It took him almost an hour.

I believe that one reason my handwriting looks the way it does now is because I was always punished in school for talking and had to write the same sentences 100 times.

I will not talk in class. I will not talk in class. I will not talk in class.

One of Troy's classmates invited him to her party at the zoo on Sunday. Since they have been together in daycare since they were three months old and sit next to each other now, it only felt right to go to the party. Also, I wanted to talk to some of the other parents to see how their children were behaving in school too. I found out that one of Troy's partners in crime friends had already been to the principal of the school for his bad behavior.

This actually made me feel better.

At the party there was a private room with a zookeeper who allowed the children to touch a few animals. Then after lunch and cake, we were allowed to explore the zoo.

The monkeys were entertaining.
Monkeys swinging on the ropes at The Norfolk zoo

I have a fondness for the elephants.
Elephants at the zoo

I like the gracefulness of the giraffes.
Two giraffes at the zoo

But it’s the beauty of the lions and tigers that makes me glad there is significant fencing between us.
Lion sleeping at The Norfolk Zoo
Tiger at The Norfolk Zoo - October 2011
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5 Comment:

Mrs Dzo October 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM  

Oh my hand aches in sympathy remembering how many times I must have written out "Must not talk without permission."

Great zoo shots! Beautiful day!

Suzy October 25, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

I was caught cheating in the 4th grade and very PUBLICLY removed to the back of the class. Then I was so mortified that I threw up.

I never cheated again.

The Zadge October 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM  

I was a model student when I was a kid - followed all the rules and never got in trouble. Now that I am an adult, I seem to have a problem with following the rules and do get into quite a bit of trouble.

Life with Kaishon October 27, 2011 at 7:22 PM  

Oh! I feel your pain. My kid STILL gets in trouble and he is in the 6th grade. I am so jealous of some of the kids that are always perfect : )

scarlett January 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM  

Hey! Found my way over from the Bloggess...I'm a writing researcher - please do not punish kids with writing assignments. Not a good idea! But here's a helpful tidbit (as I'm also a behavior analyst). Your kid's teacher is using a punishment-based procedure, which research indicates is not effective in the long run. Reinforcement-based systems are, so when he comes home without yellow and red stickers, reward, reward, reward! Soon you'll have many, many more non-yellow/red days.

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