And yet, have you ever heard of a teacher who uses fun learning activities such as field trips, games or hands on activities such as experiments as a punishment?
And it makes me cringe.
Here are but a few examples I have seen in my teaching career:
- a teacher withheld gym class from his students for two weeks because of their misbehavior
- a teacher did not allow a student to attend a science field trip because of their misbehavior
- a parent would not take their child to the book store because of their misbehavior
- a teacher made their students who did not change for gym class write an essay on why they should change
- a teacher made their student do push ups for speaking out of turn
If I am prepared to withold learning from a student in order to get them to comply, doesn't that prove that I place compliance or behavior as an even higher priority than learning.
Honestly, should anything be placed as a higher priority than learning?
Teachers have a professional obligation to provide learning opportunities unconditionally for their students.