Originally Posted by vbactivist
Sorry. I dont' agree that its necessarily age appropriate for a 7 -8 year old to be responsible for his coat.
So, why should they be responsible for the paraphanelia they are required to bring?
Because the teacher ASKED him and he said he hadn't brought a coat.
Is it developmentally appropriate to be able to keep track of your own coat at that age? I'm not sure. Like all skills, I'm sure it's on a spectrum, and probably some kids can, and some can't, at that age.
The teacher wasn't making them be responsible for their own coats. She told them where to put them, told them when to retrieve them, checked the box (the approved place to put them), and ASKED THE KID if he had his coat.
It' not like she just expected him to keep track of it entirely on his own. If he failed to listen to her and didn't put it in the box, and wore it..then presumably got hot and took it off, then set it somewhere and forgot about it.....it's a bummer. But it's not the teachers fault. Sure, i can see it happening easily. Heck, it happens to ME all the time..i'm the queen of losing things, lol.
I guess i just don't see what she could have done differently, short of writing down at the beginning of the day exactly what each child wore/brought with them on the field trip, which I don't happen to think is reasonable. I just don't. I guess that's my opinion.