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    To be honest, most professions I know of employers tend to stay and do overtime these days (incl. weekend and holiday work). Teachers are in no way an exception here.

    I think 2 movies back to back is excessive. Especially considering one of them was Spongebob. My son is not allowed to watch Spongebob and I would be very irritated if his teacher used it as a babysitter for an afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Song View Post
    Not OK imo...and i am training to be a teacher.

    The class teacher gets time when the kids off at other activities (PE, Music, Art) and also they have curriculum days for report writing (pupil free days). I would understand putting a movie on for wet day timetable...or a movie that they could relate to their unit of work and then do some activities on it (even a colouring sheet/puzzle sheet for younger years)...but not 2 movies back to back!

    I would also lose my nut over them watching Spongebob...I loathe it...they are rude and mean to each other and it is not suitable school viewing!!
    Wowsa!!! A teacher at the schools you speak of have someone else run their art program??? ... I just got tingles thinking of a week without paint clean up!! Haha .. Sign me up for that!! Unfortunately I don't have the mess free luxury (but secretly I love love love teaching my munchkins art and would hate to give it up.)

    As for pupil free days - where I teach - planning time is a thing of the past. We have very structured professional development days so no time spent planning/reporting there.

    I'm not complaining (I hope my post doesn't come off that way) I just think it's a common assumption teachers work 9-3 and have all these holidays. I fully understand other professionals work overtime etc. but it's not often you hear them bring dragged over the coals for their big pay checks etc. that come with the overtime worked (again I know not all get extra pay etc - just in general) like teachers do for their 'holidays' (cos I'm pretty sure no one would be too envious of our payscale!! Lol).

    I think it's just a 'hard to please all' type job. Work them too hard and see kids struggling or not coping with the demands and parents get upset, give them a once off break to combat their poor little exhaustion level and parents get upset.

    I wouldn't see this as a teacher being 'behind' and needing to work on reports in class time because at this time of year it's not yet 'behind' with reports - a little 'early' actually. I would honestly think it was them giving the kids a break and utilising their time wisely.

    But as I said I'm in agreement that two videos is a little overkill.

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    I'm not assuming that the teachers had to work on their reports. DD1 was told by her class teacher that he along with the other level teacher and two other specialist teachers had to do their reports. Three teachers stayed in the same room as the kids while the kids watched the movies.

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    So the teachers writing the reports were relieved of their students and other teachers came in and put on the movies?

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    I did it last year, not 2 movies, only 1, but I was job sharing and my colleague came in one day and we sat up the back of the classroom going through all the reports together, checking that we agreed with what the other wrote. I did maths and she did literacy. The kids watched a movie. It was the only time we could get together.

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    I don't want you to think I think your DD is lying but I just wonder if something else was going on. (School meeting or something that they couldn't disclose etc)

    I used to LOVE movies at school, but they were almost always an end of year treat (the very last day when everyone else got to stay home and it was just me & three kids etc). If they were using it to write reports only that's pretty poor form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    So the teachers writing the reports were relieved of their students and other teachers came in and put on the movies?
    No these teachers sat and did their reports while the kids watched the movie. Three of these teachers sat in the room and worked on reports while two sat in the next room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJones&Me View Post
    I don't want you to think I think your DD is lying but I just wonder if something else was going on. (School meeting or something that they couldn't disclose etc)

    I used to LOVE movies at school, but they were almost always an end of year treat (the very last day when everyone else got to stay home and it was just me & three kids etc). If they were using it to write reports only that's pretty poor form.
    Well this is why I've asked the Principal for an explanation. And if there's a school meeting it shouldn't be in such a way that kids watch movies during this time. Parents need to be told. Poor communication from the school's end as well.

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    I think I must be in a minority but it was a once off, so I wouldnt even bat an eyelid at it. Sure if it was happening frequently then I'd complain but it was one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    I think I must be in a minority but it was a once off, so I wouldnt even bat an eyelid at it. Sure if it was happening frequently then I'd complain but it was one day.

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    Once off I wouldn't have an issue with. And if it saved me having to organise a sitter so the kids could have a day off I would prefer it.


 

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