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I kept more than half of my class in for recess today.  Most of them stayed in because they didn’t get their homework signed by their parents.  Now, I don’t mind if it isn’t signed and they get most of the homework right.  But these students didn’t get it signed, and they missed a lot.

It sounds unfair to me, at first.  But they need to have their parents check their homework.  I figure, if the parents check their homework, they won’t miss so many.  And if they do miss a lot even with it signed, at least the parents know about it.

So you have to get your homework signed.

Last year everyone in my building did detention together, for behavior problems and for those not turning in their homework.  This year we decided not to give detention for those who didn’t turn in their homework.  Instead we would reward those on Friday who turned in their homework all week.

It turns out I don’t like it.  Friday is too far away, and it just feels like those who didn’t turn in their homework are getting away with something.  There is no quick punishment.  So I think I’m going to try to rally some teachers and go back to the detention technique.  Homefuly I can get some other teachers to do it with me so that I don’t have to have detention in my room every day during recess.  So far I’ve had it 2 days in a row.


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I lucked out and have detention today.  So I have around 35 students from 4th and 5th grade.  I’m trying to keep them quiet.  You look down for one second, and you start to hear a low murmur.  I look up, and can’t tell who is talking.  I know there has to be a few students talking, but half the time I have no idea.  But that’s the nice thing about detention.  I can just belt out a, “Hey, quiet down!” from time to time to get them quiet.  And I don’t really care what they are doing, as long as they are quiet.

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