Friday, November 22, 2013

Child restraints – Schools lock children in isolation rooms

Read the report online
A report issued by Inclusion B.C. and the Family Support Institute says more and more families have told them their children are being secluded at school, sometimes in no more than a closet.
The report, "Stop Hurting Kids: Restraint and Seclusion in B.C. Schools," reveals the results of an online survey, which yielded 200 examples of children being left alone in everything from windowless offices, to padded rooms to a gym equipment closet.
There's evidence B.C. children who act out are being confined to small rooms in some schools.

To my mind, this is better than having a gr. 2 child throwing chairs and table at peers. The teacher was forced to evacuate the room with her students. It was frightening. The parents refused to admit the child needed help. There was no aid, as he hadn't been identified being a special needs child. We had
meeting after meeting, trying to be reactive. It was awful. With limited staff, and a school that integrated many special needs students, and aids making a huge difference in the life of our physically, socially and educationally special students, it drained our resources.

We'd informed the parent, who refused to pick the child up. They also refused to allow staff to use the safe room. We were frustrated no end.

What is important, is to have protocol in place.

  • Well-trained teachers, with emergency plans in place for an incident.
  • Remediation must have been attempted.
  • A case conference, including the parent, with information and psychologists in attendance.
  • Parents are informed and requested to pick up the child.
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training for educational assistants, teachers and principals to remove the immediate threat to safety.
  • It has to be the last resort or an interim measure. 
  • What is uppermost in mind, is the safety of the child's peers and the teacher. 

Some blame Educational Assistants, other explain...

It is sad to hear that these rooms are being abused, however, some times time-out rooms are needed. I work with a team of specialist where we will use it if the situation escalates. The families are notified way in advance that this is part of the student's protocol. Schools that do not notify parents of the use of restraints and time out rooms leave themselves liable. 
Be assured we do supervise the student in the time out room and there is a large window. We do not leave them in there for hours and hours. Banning time out rooms will harm staff and other students. The students that go into the room are typically harming staff and other students. When staff can no longer handle the student that is chasing and aggressively physically hurting everyone around them, our last resort will be an isolated room because there are no other objects in the room that can harm the student. 
My co-workers and I have suffered multiple injuries handling specific students. We do care about our students and go above and beyond providing them with things that are not offered home such as a fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, community outings (when appropriate), and much more. 
I do not agree with using these rooms when it is unnecessary, but some times it is a safety issue. If we let a student attack another student, we would be liable and feel terrible especially sometimes human strength and endurance can only go so far. 
Who goes to work thinking they want to punched, kicked, thrown, stabbed by scissors, and bitten? EAs do this because they are passionate helping students with special needs.


There’s mounting evidence that several B.C. schools are restraining children who act out and putting them in isolation rooms, practices special needs ...
Advocates for special needs students are calling on the B.C. government to ban so-called 'isolation rooms', where they say children deemed 'unruly' are being restrained.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Olympics are coming!

Here is one idea for kids to do research on an athlete!

Grading students on their behaviour

Dr. Westheimer talks about grading students on their behaviour

Should students be rated on their behaviour in class? As Ottawa schools get ready to send home report cards, CBC columnist discusses the link between behaviour and learning.

Student assessment

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Remembrance Day - pick up a book

I've done a lot of work every year on this theme. My student enjoyed writing about it, interviewing family members and reading about it.
Many have published autobiographies for us to read. Many of my students lived through war: The Gulf War, some had fled into the hills to avoid war, some were Vietnamese Boat Children, others have been refugees, some from Somalia. We need not educate some kids about war.

Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial

Support Our Troops
I loathed the school assemblies, though. It was an opportunity for parents to do a video of their child, rather than to experience this ceremony. One principal didn't even know to stand up during Last Post. We were all shocked. These days, one cannot see one's own granddaughter for another's ubiquitous iPad held aloft at eye level.
That said, we do a great job in schools. We spend many hours on this subject, which is appropriate, especially with the number of veterans we have from Afghanistan, many of whom are in the news, sadly.


Another death in Afghanistan

Bombardier Karl Manning became the 156th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan and the second to be killed in 2011.
Our Highway of Heroes has honoured the 133 soldiers from those who have died serving others in Afghanistan. The video shows the view from the bridge where people line up as the caskets pass by. 
Here is some information we gathered from the Canadian Legion's publications.(Printer friendly table)
GSPH is a publisher, and has a wide range of books on many topics, including Military autobigraphies.
A Walk in the Valley, by R. C. Kensett.

A history of 413 Squadron, By D. J. Baker.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Boarding school for toddlers in China

This seems gruesome to me. It can only lead to abandonment issues. The noise of the children in the radio documentary, crying at bedtime in the night, broke my heart.
They say it builds independent children, but we know, in psychology, that children need a strong parental bond in order to succeed ant to fly away as adults.

I'm sure there will be a price to pay in later years for those affluent enough to afford the $1000 per month costs.

Why children as young as three are sent to boarding school in China
BBC News ‎- 1 day ago
By Madeleine Morris BBC World Service, Shanghai ... "We did a lot of research, and discovered that boarding kindergarten benefits outgoing children."

    Lemba, who Madeleine interviewed, with Scarlett and her own children
  • Madeleine Morris visited Fiji and China to investigate different approaches to childcare
  • Part one of her documentary Who's Left Holding The Baby? was broadcast on BBC World Service on 29 October - part two on 5 November
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