Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I think it's crap. But maybe that's an unprofessional way of putting that!

Perhaps a classroom-wise motivator. A big ice cream cone on the bulletin board, with the teacher adding bits as kids reach milestones. And then when they get to the top, not matter who contributed what, they all enjoy a sundae buffet.

Because sheesh, I just think that's crap.
And the pizza story? I am mortified. Seriously.

mouse's picture mouse

Ditto to Omaha Mama's comment. Make it a team effort where every accomplishment moves the class towards a common goal. It just seems that marking out students so clearly won't lead to higher achievement by the strugglers. And the students who do well and are motivated by the teacher's ploy were likely to do well anyway. It really strikes me as, at best, short-term gain with a long-term loss.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I agree with both of you. I plan on speaking with L.'s teachers and at least voicing my concerns. We'll see how it goes...

grrr's picture grrr

Ouch! How could a teacher set up a scenario in which students could end up with just an empty plate while others celebrate? Awful. Love the ideas about the group goal.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes, awful, awful, awful. I just don't get it myself. I've asked for a meeting with his teachers, so I'll broach the topic of the group goal to them at the meeting.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I had a similar (but far less traumatic) experience with B last week. They did what sounded like a math skills pretest for the upcoming unit ("It was stuff we hadn't learned yet mom!") and kids who got 1/2 or more right got a starburst. You can guess, B did not get the candy. I could see rewarding them for finishing, but how do you reward students for background knowledge? Makes no sense to me. Haven't decided yet whether I'll mention this opinion to the teacher yet or not. I dread being THAT parent. I told B it was no big deal and then handed her Halloween bucket. It was a much smaller scale than the one in L's classroom, which would be something I would definitely have to speak up about! I just thought I'd share, when it happened I thought of the situation you had shared.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes, that situation sounds like a scaled down version of the sundae event. Another parent and I wrote a letter, and we've sent it to the teachers, asking for a meeting to discuss this. I think this will be tomorrow's post, so stay tuned!