Please note, this post is not about either of my children (at the moment) thank goodness!
I hope no parent reading this post needs this information, but in case you do I’m sending you a big blogosphere hug! Here is some education for you as a parent, about the tools an elementary school teacher has at her disposal to help a child who is having chronic behavioral issues. I’m writing them out in a continuum, from a starting disciplinary measure to the most extreme.
- Notes home (the teacher is probably saving copies)
- Calls home (the teacher is probably making a record of these in her file)
- Loss of recess (the teacher is probably keeping track of this too)
- Staying after school (not really done any more, in my experience)
- Moving seats
- An isolated seat
- A seat with a cardboard “office” around it
- Being sent to the office (some teachers do this as a starter step)
- A conference with mom and dad to set up a behavioral plan (this is when all of those notes the teacher has been keeping come out)
- Sending a child to a lower-grade classroom to “shame” them (I don’t like this option)
- Sending a child to an upper-grade classroom to “make them afraid” (I don’t like this option either)
- Sending a child outside the classroom door to work (doesn’t work in CA schools because of the open floor plan)
- In-school suspension
And Now For Some Out of the Box Ideas That Can Help…
- Recess –This should be obvious, bud sadly is not. Make sure the child gets to go outside and play!
- Stamp books— Make a little book by the child’s desk and stamp it every time you catch the child being good
- Tactile discs for kids to sit on –Sometimes this helps kids with ADHD focus
- A classroom microphone for the teacher — Research has also shown that this can help children focus
- Sending a child to a lower-grade classroom for a few hours to feel safe, clear his head, and take a breather
- Paying attention to low blood sugar issues.
- Sending a child to walk a labyrinth
- Providing fidget toys for children
- Providing “a cave” in the classroom for children to take a break in
- Figuring out the hot-button times for a child, and then asking the school district to consider providing a Para-educator, adult volunteer, or older student buddy for those time-periods
Finally, one of the symptoms of being a chronic know-it-all is that I love to offer help and advice. 🙂 If you would ever like to email me privately with specific situations or children in mind, I can be reached at teachingmybabytoread at gmail dot com.