OK so my daughter is in grade 1 this year after homeschooling for kindersgarten. For a variety of reasons we feel this is the right choice for our family right now, and we have generally been pleased with how well dd1 has made the adjustment.
We are in a lovely small community-focused school with lots of parental involvement.
BUT we seemed to have ended up with a teacher with a very negative/punitive approach to discipline.
Being new to the school environment, I'd appreciate feedback from others on a recent incident in dd's Grade 1/2 class.
The teacher had decided to withdraw recess. Initially he told the class that the whole class would not get recess because a few people in the class had been disruptive in the hallway on the way back from lunch. He made them practice walking back from lunch quietly, but some kids were still not being quiet or quick enough. So told the class there would be no morning or afternoon recess the next day. The morning recess went like this: All the kids sat at tables, and the teacher asked them to nominate fellow students who had been making "good choices" and should therefore be allowed out for recess. As a child walked out of the room, the other children had to give them a round of applause. In the end, seven students remained.
Dp & I are really uncomfortable with this approach. What do you think about it?