What should the consequence be for a student who threw a pencil at a teacher?

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  1. waterfall

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    Same here. Admin would be annoyed with me if I tried to get them to deal with this.
     
  2. JimG

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    I would caution against the crayon stipulation proposed in a couple posts. That seems petty, to me. Let the kid face his consequence, move his seat to where you can better keep an eye on him, and move on.
     
  3. futuremathsprof

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    Sounds like dereliction of duties to me. Case in point, I recently had an incident at my school and I emailed the principal about it and he literally stopped what he was doing to immediately investigate and he got both the students and parents of all parties involved. In fact, his investigation was so thorough that he made a conclusion that day. Seems like we need more of that in schools these days and less of “I can’t be bothered and you teachers handled it.”
     
  4. teacherintexas

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    With most admin that I’ve had, I would be expected to deal with it in class.

    I’ve had admin who would send the kid back to class with candy if I’d sent the kid to the office.
     
  5. futuremathsprof

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    Sounds like you’ve had your fair share of pretty worthless administrators.

    As a new administrator, I have certain disciplinary powers and I plan to very much use said powers to set students straight.
     
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  6. Ms.Holyoke

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    Wow...I would not want to work in a school where a student throwing something at a teacher was not addressed by admin.
     
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    Ha, my admin would say: "Have lunch with the kid! Build a relationship!"

    :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Your admin must have an aversion to hard work.
     
  9. teacherintexas

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    My current admin would take care of it, but we are in luck this year. Our admin has a spine. I’ve had good admin before, but recent jellyfish admin have left a bad taste in my mouth.
     
  10. blazer

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    Or move him out of range;)
     
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    Or out of class.
     
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    The one thing that I have learned is that the squeaky wheel who doesn't complain about every minor thing has more of a chance to influence the decision about consequences. This is the teacher who is able to take care of most disturbances on their own, where not everything is an emergency, or life and death. That teacher usually gets attention when they tell admin that while they are OK, this could have gone very wrong if a child had been injured, and that is why it is important to send the message that projectiles are too dangerous to be taken lightly. I have told admin and students that my son is blind in one eye, so I don't take pencil throwing lightly, not for my son, not for anyone else's child.

    Sometimes you have to paint the big picture with logically presented facts. Stay focused on how a student could have been injured as opposed to how dare they throw the pencil at me. I find that my words carry more weight this way. Glad you weren't hurt.
     
  13. Lisabobisa

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    Pencils being thrown would be mild at my school!

    It takes A LOT of behavior to get suspended or kicked out of my school. Having said that, we are highly supported by administration. The majority of the students have individualized behavior plans. We have a crisis response team that comes in when things get out of hand, constant communication with parents, and an on-site security person.

    Keep in mind, most of the people who work at this school signed up for this (Administration is pretty upfront at interviews), have experience with this population, are highly trained to respond to crisis situations, and believe it or not, thrive in this environment.
     
  14. Ms.Holyoke

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    Student received 3 detentions after school. He claimed that he was not trying to hit me with a pencil...
     
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    Are you satisfied with that as a consequence?
     

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