Last edited by eastofeden; 15-02-2016 at 19:03.
It's not appropriate for another child to be monitoring behavior or handing out discipline. The other teacher should be doing this...
I don't think it's ideal (or helpful), but unfortunately that's often the case when it comes to classroom management. It can be very difficult to address the needs of every child, whilst still appearing to be fair - especially if the teacher doesn't know the class well. It'd be worth mentioning to the teacher(s) so that can improve their strategies for the future. It'd also be worth letting them know WHY your son's upset about it, and perhaps his teacher could have a little chat with him so that he feels his concerns have been heard and validated.
I agree with kaybaby that it is inappropriate for a slightly older child to be in charge of issuing infringements. It isnt fair on the child tasked with that, and it isnt fair on the recipient. I think there does need to be consistency with things like the timing of the 'consequence ' for each child so everyone knows what to expect. The school should have a transparent policy about things like that so maybe you can ask the teacher about that?
Is your DS's class simply sent to this other classroom in addition to that teacher's students? Is your DS's teacher not covered by an additional teacher? I would have a problem with that - I'm a teacher and that is dodgy.
Is the next door teacher in the room all the time? I'm a bit confused. If they are there all the time the other student shouldn't need to be giving warnings and if they aren't there all the time I would be complaining about a lack of supervision.
I would have absolutely no feelings about the matter either way until I'd spoken to the teacher/s. Kids have a habit of misunderstanding things like this. I know when DS's teacher is away they divide the kids up into different rooms (3-4 to each room) rather than use a sub, so I doubt the case was that the classroom was left alone with a teacher looking in occasionally as some PP's seem to think must be happening. As for the 'monitor', I don't know. I would be waiting to speak to the teacher and try to go in with no assumptions as you've only got your DS's side of the story (in no way saying he's made it up, but kids can get things way off the mark)
Thanks for the input. Will definitely be getting the full story before reacting
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