|What is the principles role in the school? (an honest question as I don't know), but I imagine problem solving and checking up on the teachers is part of the job. Also, I don't think teachers really get much say in the kids they get in thier class. They are stuck with the kids wether the child fits in or not.
The Principal is in charge of the teachers. They should be following up & checking on any complaints.
At the school my kids go to in the 1/2 split the teacher gets all the kids from K & grade 1 who are known for behaviour issues because she is good at working with those kids. She is a very organized & structured teacher. Out of 23 kids, 5 of them are on the Positive Behaviour Plan. When I started doing Noon Supervision at the school in March there was 1 or 2 kids on it. the other 3 are recent since May. They get on this plan after multiple repeated behaviour problems. Notes are sent home & after 2 notes the parents are brought in for a talk & the kids are placed on the Positive Behaviour Plan. they have a form for each class day & each block of learning plus ALL the recesses & Lunch. If they have no issues they get a checkmark. If there is a problem in any block of time they get an X with an explanation of what the problem is. That's as far as my duty to the Behaviour Plan goes so I'm not sure what happens after that, if a report of how thier week was goes home or what. Out of the 5 kids, 3 & sometimes a 4th ask if they get their checkmark or not & the majority of the time they do. The 5th one never asks & he is often eating his lunch in the Principal's office because of his behaviour.
That kid is also (as of this week) a Good Choices Card kids. There are 3 in the school(out of 250). The other 2 are in Grade 3(he often spends his days in the Principal's office) and Grade 4. At all recesses they bring a card out to a supervisor & tell the supervisor where they'll be. AT the end of recess if they've made good choices they get their card back & off to class. If they haven't then they're either already in the office or they go & the Vice Principal deals with them which is usually the child writing a Behaviour Plan. These Behaviour Plans are a short form where the child writes what the incident was, what they did wrong, how they can fix it & a plan for future actions. Then the Principal reviews it & if she's satisfied they go on to class(I believe a copy of this goes home too, not sure).
If a teacher in our school did what this teacher did they'd be fired, no question. I wonder about the school as a whole, not just the teacher. If the parents went to the Principal & that person did nothing I could see the tape recorder as being a last resort to proove their case.
|I honestly think it is unnatural and asking for trouble to put one person in one room for 8 hours with a bunch of needy little kids day after day.
At the school here this is why I have a job as a Noon Supervisor. We have alot of new teachers to the school this last year. Both the new & old teachers don't want to do the Noon Supervision. It is a separate paid position from their regular requirements. They do HAVE to do the before, after & recess supervision. They want/need their break & so they hired me to do it for them. Some days that hour feels like 8, especially when I'm on Indoor Supervision but that's because those last 30minutes I pretty much have nothing to do but stand at the door & question what kids are doing when they come in.lol They do have TA's who come into all the classes at various times of the day to help. Guided Reading and Centres are 2 areas where there are always at least 2 people if not 4 in a class to help. All classes have a separate French teacher & some have separate library, gym, social, science & computer teachers. The older grades have a separate music teacher. Unfortunaly not all districts & schools can afford the luxury of hiring more than just the teachers.
If kids need to be talked to the teacher waits until the kids are in busy work & then takes the kid(s) out of the classroom for privacy. Berating children in front of a class has had 1 teacher here fired last year. I don't know if she was fired first or quit, but either way she was done teacher here. She moved away to teach in Mexico.
in this specific case when the teacher asked the rest of the class if they wanted him there & they said no. I wonder if they said it because it had been done before, OR if the kids were afraid of her & they said no to stay on her "good side".
|A bunch of little kids programmed to sit at desks all day with one human person, with no recess, no talking at lunch etc. ou're going to have problems.
Absolutely & it's why I'm glad our school doesn't do this. At Noon when I'm supervising I let the kids get loud to a certain point. If I can hear them down the hall they need to quieten down.lol I allow them to be up at their desks as long as they aren't interfering with others. They've been in class for just over an hour & WANT to go outside. They have to stay inside for 25minutes though & alot of days it's hard to not send them out early. In the winter it's easier.lol
I have zero training in teaching, classroom management, etc. After 1 bad day(that my real issue was lack of organization over the freezie sale) I came home & researched classroom management. I've found some simple things that I do in the classes that keep the kids eating & occupied without bugging others or doing things they shouldn't be. This week I'm in the Grade 3 and 4 pod. When I walked into Grade 3 they wanted to play one of the games I've done with them. If a classroom is not working the person in charge needs to find something that does work in that classroom, ask for help or move on.