QUOTE(Aquarelle @ Sep 17 2010, 10:08 PM)
Three classes at school today. Two were keen and interested and we had a good time. The third was ######. And these are only juniors. It is the first time I have ever felt the "I don't like this class" feeling creeping up on me in a junior school. Exactly half had done their homework and were keen and interested. The other half had done no work, did no work and were totally "not bothered".
Added to this there is a current epidemic of children spitting at each other. One six year old girl was punished for spitting in the face of another child - for the fourth time this week.
When I did a bit of investigating some of the boys said they couldn't see why they shouldn't spit because the best football players are always spitting. Aaaaaaaargh!!!!
That's so disgusting! Surely if you show them how horrified you are by their behaviour, it must have some effect? Time for a lesson in basic health, I think. They should know that germs are present in saliva and they could pass on something nasty. Tell them that players spit onto the pitch, not at one another!
This is one piece of bad behaviour I really hope doesn't catch on in the UK.
QUOTE(SueHM @ Sep 18 2010, 02:32 PM)
Argh. Attempting to help my 9 year old with his essay homework. Every sentence seems to require extensive discussion and we are proceeding by inches. If I say the wrong thing or he makes a mistake, it requires a 10 minute recess for tears, tantrum and tearing of hair...
This sounds dreadful at age 9. The work must be too hard for him if it's such a struggle. I had a lot of problems with my daughter's homework in year 5. The teacher was trying to get her to do precis and note taking, and we struggled with it for weeks. I wished afterwards I'd just told the teacher it was not helping my child - it was definitely beyond her at that age, and I'm not surprised.
It might be a good idea to have a word with the teacher and make sure (s)he realises how stressful this homework was for your son. I really don't think children should be struggling like this at such an early age.