Being Denied Snacks as a form of Punishment

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  1. Grammy Teacher

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    I am very mean sometimes. When my kids don't listen I take their outside time away completely. I don't mess around and I have a very well behaved class because of it.
     
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    Grammy, you're not mean!!!! You have high expectations for your kids, and that is a GOOD thing! Kids need to learn what is expected of them and that behavior that is rotten has a consequence to it.
     
  3. Grammy Teacher

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    Oh I forgot that JANE is the MEAN one!!!
     
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    LOL!!!!!!! ya, you can't take that title away from Jane!!!!!!:p
     
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    Hahahaha! Hi Jane you old Meanie you...oh you're not really that mean...you stash peanut butter and jelly in you desk drawer for the hungry kids!!!
     
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    It's a front!
     
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    Jane, you've been exposed!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: We all now know the truth! You are a softie!!!!!!!:love:
     
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    We are going to have a banana split party at the end of the school year. From next Monday till the end of school the kids have a chance to earn each piece of a banana split starting with the bowl, then the spoon, then one scoop of ice cream, etc. There was some discussion that there will likely be some children who get the bowl and the spoon and Nothing Else! We were absolutely okay with that since they will have about ten weeks to earn it. Behavior tends to slip some right before school is out and I think we need all the tricks we can get to keep the kids in line and keep learning until that very last bell of the year.

    As far as a child not getting cotton candy because of misbehaving, I have no problems with that either! A nutritious snack should not be withheld, but pure sugar sure can be!
     
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    You mean giving the naughty ones vegetables and beans while the others have chocolate covered granola bars? lol j/k...I know what you mean.

    I think you'd be shooting yourself in the foot if you took away snacks because hungry tummies good students do not make BUT I have been known to take away snack time from those kids who do not behave DURING it.
     
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    teacherintexas, what will happen with the kids that don't earn the rest of the pieces?

    When my son was in school he was always excluded from end of the year picnics or outings because of behavior issues. I once suggested it was the end of his year, too, so why couldn't they come up with a different form of punishment? The behavior occurred before the activity , so to me they shouldn't have taken him out of it.
    I always found it amusing- sarcastically speaking- that the kid he was in trouble with was allowed to go but he couldn't.
     
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    My first instinct is to find another way to brings consequences to the child. Snack time is emphasizing socialization and good manners. This child misses out on something he obviously needs to be trained in!
     
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    I haven't (yet) taken away a snack, but my partner does it frequently with one student. He realized it is the only thing that gets the boy's attention! We're talking a fruit rollup or cheese/crackers, regular daily snack. Our students take turns bringing the Kinder snack each day.

    On the other hand, the only consequences I use are (in order of severity) verbal warnings, time out at table, 5 minutes of recess (out of 15), or 10 minutes of recess. I always allow enough of the recess time for an offending student to get a drink and use the rest room. But hey, in Kinder, these are about the only choices we have!!
     
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    This is going on with my child now. He is in a private school and it’s his regular snack time, so is it still illegal for a private school?
     
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    Food shouldn't be used as a reward or punishment. Some kids need the caloric/nutritional support of snack in school...the idea of food as reward or punishment can lead to unhealthy thinking and relationships with food/eating/eating disorders.
     
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    Private school parents have power....speak up
     
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    Snack should NEVER be taken away as a punishment. Now we do things like double snack passes for children who use "ebucks" (daily rewards for good behavior) and we do not let them have double snack passes but we will never take away snack.

    Punishment should match the crime and be given at the time of the crime. But taking away snack could possibly cause more behavior problems due to hunger. Just not worth it.
     
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    It's funny that this thread was started when I hadn't even graduated high school yet, and now I've been teaching high school for over 5 years...my how time flies....
     
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    FWIW, NJ doesn't allow food to be used as incentives. That said, we also have very strict guidelines as to what is allowed as "snack". With the state this invested in the whole "snack" process, I would say taking snack off the table, figuratively or realistically, should be a huge NO. Other privileges, well, there can be guidelines for earning those, but if snack is a given for everyone, I wouldn't think of messing with that.
     

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