I hesitated to post this because it's so specific to my school (after the thread about anonymity) but I just can't hold it in! Is it just me, or is this one of the most ridiculous things you've ever heard? I have a student in my class who has severe behavior issues. She's on an IEP, takes meds, parents are extremely supportive of her behaving at school and all of my communications with them have been positive (in the sense that they support what I'm doing in class and recognize that the behavior is a problem). She runs out of class, throws things around, makes loud noises (occasionally escalates to shrieking), tears up her school supplies, etc. My P is adamant that behavior stays IN the classroom. I'm not allowed to send her to the office. I'm working with basically every specialist at school to come up with some things for her... Anyway, mom came in for a meeting with the P this morning. The P is new as well and has very different expectations and procedures than the last P, so she wanted to make that clear to mom that things would be a lot different from last year where the student was removed from the classroom pretty much daily. I was talking with the P before the meeting and one of my many concerns was that I have no consequence that this student really seems to care about. We have a lunch/recess and an "extra" afternoon recess. Kids that lose recess lose the second "extra" one so they still have the opportunity to move around in the first one. This student loses hers pretty much daily, but I was saying I honestly don't think she cares. Mom's advice was to make her do push ups during recess detention so that detention is a place she really does NOT want to be...and the P backed her up on this! She said it's fine because mom suggested it. Given that so far I can barely get her to sit in a chair, I'm pretty sure even if I didn't think it was totally absurd, she's not going to do push ups if I tell her to. I brought this up, and the P literally told me to "get down and scream in her face until she does them." Umm, what? I'm just not a yeller, for one. Two, the idea of screaming in a kid's face to tell them to do push ups is so absurd to me it's just laughable. I'm supposed to basically ignore her during the day so her behavior doesn't escalate in front of the other students, and then use this detention time when they're out of the room to "be really strict with her." What do you think?