I spent most of last week doing informal observations. I noticed that one of my colleagues is allowing a child to sleep, uninterrupted, in their classroom for up to an hour at a time. I was surprised because this is a seasoned teacher with a good reputation for having handled students with severe academic and behavioral struggles in the past well. When we spoke about it, the teacher acknowledged that it is wrong to allow a student to sleep in the classroom. However, the teacher said they sometimes allow the child to sleep because when the child is awake, he refuses to listen, and is a constant disruption to the learning environment. The teacher has about 25 students, over half who are performing significantly below grade level, and about 1/4 who are in Special Education (SpEd). The teacher feels that this student takes a lot of time away from the others. The student is repeating the grade level, receives 1 hour a day of SpEd pullout for poor academic performance, and sees a therapist 2x a week (outside of school) for his behavior. The teacher speaks with the child's parents almost daily via phone call home or note. The teacher also has created an individual behavior chart for the student in which he can earn incentives for following classroom rules and procedures. In spite of the aforementioned interventions, the student continues to disrupt the class to the point that the teacher struggles to teach effectively. I reached out to the SpEd teacher about this child and was told we need to ignore his bad behavior and only focus on the good and reward him. But the teacher is already doing that in the classroom and with the chart. Do any of you have suggestions for what more this teacher can do. I understand the frustration, but regardless, this child cannot sleep in class.