24th September 2010 at 01:00

Probationer in need of advice

Posted by krai87

I've just started my induction year with a P3 class and the first week went well. However, I've noticed the class are starting to show their true colours and I have two pupils who refuse to do any written work.

They are in the top groups and I know they are very clever - they participate well in discussions. I've tried so many things with them like keeping them in, informing their parents and not letting them do fun stuff like art until they finish. I feel that I have been left on my own to sort it out and I am going crazy.

The department head has even spoken to the parents, but they just make excuses for their child and say I have to send the work home to be finished. That makes more work for me, as most of the work is from the smartboard, so I end up having to print it out (at home) or write out the work for them to copy. Any suggestions?

Posted by minivan

You have been in the school for two weeks, the department head has contacted the parents, discussed the issue with them and come up with the compromise of sending work home to make sure it's done; I think it is more than unfair of you to say you have been "left to sort it out on your own". What more do you want the department head to do, before you have had time to establish yourself with the class?

You have to work with the parents. If they want work sent home, that's what you do. When that begins to break down - as I suspect it will - you revisit it and find other ways. Keep at it.

If the class are "showing their true colours" after only two weeks, I suggest you start again, setting out a clear discipline plan to them, with staged interventions, clear sanctions and a reward structure. You have to show your true colours - I suspect you haven't made it clear just what kind of classroom you want and how you are going to make it run.

Posted by carol75

Does your school use Golden Rules? If so, they are breaking the "Do work hard" rule. That means you can make them do unfinished work at Golden Time.

As for stopping them doing the "fun" subject in order to complete other work, you might find yourself on a sticky wicket. They are entitled to access to all areas of the curriculum. I've heard of someone who got into quite a bit of bother doing something similar., then go to Forums and Behaviour.

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