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I have an 8yr old daughter in third grade. Recently she's been
having issues with bringing out her homework folder in the
morning like she's supposed to in class. There seems to have been
multiple offenses of this so her teacher apparently imposed a
consequence of writing 50 times: ''I will bring my homework folder
to my desk every morning''
My daughter kept delaying finishing the task (which I realize is
a whole other issue) and the teacher kept adding more lines to
the task. It started with 50 and it's now ballooned into 125!
My question is: is this an appropriate consequence for my child?
My gut reaction says no because it doesn't link the consequence
to the misbehaviour at all.
I plan on talking to her teacher but I'd like to get some input
so that I have some concrete reasoning to present her with rather
than just saying 'hey...you're wrong for doing this!'
Do you think the teacher would be amenable if you presented
your daughter's not having her homework folder in class as a
problem you're all interested in solving? It wasn't clear from
your post if your daughter leaves the folder at home, can't
locate it at school, etc. Maybe your daughter could have a
checklist in her backpack or by the front door, pack her
backpack at night, etc.? I'm wondering if you can broach any
ideas, or brainstorm with the teacher, and that might make the
teacher (and your daughter) more invested in the solution. If
the proposed solution has a writing element in which your
daughter tracks her homework folder, perhaps that might satisfy
the teacher's need for some sort of writing component to this
task. Clearly writing lines is ineffective as well as
punitive, but it's tricky to convey that diplomatically to the
teacher. Best of luck!
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