Elf on the Shelf: AT SCHOOL

Discussion in 'General Education' started by JustMe, Dec 8, 2012.

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Does your classroom and or school have an elf?

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  1. JustMe

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    Does your classroom and or entire school have an elf? If so, how is it managed and what are your thoughts on the matter?

    I am not a fan of hearing teachers remind students to behave as the elf is reporting back to Santa. At all.
     
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  3. mkbren88

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    We are not supposed to do anything relating to Santa/Christmas.
     
  4. czacza

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    I have a leprechaun for St Pats day. No elf.
     
  5. msufan

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    Same here.
     
  6. sevenplus

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    I don't have a classroom anymore, but I did for the past 12 years. Our school is too diverse. While we are allowed to learn about various holidays and cultures, we do not "celebrate" any.

    I stay away from Santa.
     
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    My daughter's afterschool care classroom does it. He's already left for a few days because the kids weren't listening. He's back now though. Even if I were in elem school, I wouldn't do it at school...I don't even do it at home.
     
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    I agree. I wonder how Jewish, Muslim, Jehovah Witness, and children who are raised by athiests feel about this. Probbaly left out. :unsure:
     
  9. JustMe

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    And Christians who do not celebrate Christmas through Santa and such.
     
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    This would not fly at my school. My students do talk about their Elf on the Shelf at school though. I don't discourage the talk but I don't encourage it either.
     
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    I'd actually never heard of it until here. We're not allowed to do anything christmas related at all. Any decorations/events are called "winter" only.
     
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    When I taught kindergarten, I had a little gingerbread man roam around the room, doing naughty or silly things. But, this had no connection to Santa or Christmas. In fact, this was done in October (went along with a story in our Houghton Miffin book). We had our kids make their own gingerbread man one day, and the next day our gingerbread man and their little creations all disappeared. They came back in December along with gingerbread cookies. :)
     
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    I think the elf tradition should be done at home, not school. My school is not against Christmas related decorations, but I think that is something best done at home.
     
  14. TeachingHistory

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    It's done in the kindergarten classes in the school where my sister teaches. It is a public school, but in a very community based old-school Christian area and the majority of students do celebrate Christmas. For any that don't for whatever reason (and there aren't many), the teachers adjust their classrooms so no one feels left out.
     
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    I teach in a Christian school, so obviously, we celebrate Christmas, especially from a Biblical perspective. We don't really emphasize Santa, but it's not like it's totally banned or anything. That said, I know several of my families do Elf on the Shelf at home, and I would feel like I was stepping on their toes by doing it at school too.
     
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    I saw this not too long ago on an episode of The League and didn't realize it was a real thing until I saw this thread.

    Doesn't sound like something I'd do.
     

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