Friday, October 17, 2014

A teachers' Wheel of Misfortune punishment leaves students spinning with humiliation

     There are some sure fire ways to build relationships with students but I have never heard one where humiliation won their way with a child's heart. For an educator in the state of Washington, her way of correcting student behavior was a knock off of the Wheel of Fortune game where instead of winning a vacation or a new car, but a chance to be pelted with objects by classmates. While the teacher is not identified in the article, humiliated students with the aid of a cell phone spilled the beans on the educator and one high school student went on record in the article listed below. The crazy thing is the educator was not fired and will live to spin the wheel in the classroom one more time.

 Washington teacher told not to use disciplinary 'Wheel of Misfortune'

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state high school teacher has been warned not to have students spin a disciplinary "Wheel of Misfortune" to assign punishments for misbehavior that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, school officials said.
The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish "low-level misconduct" instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday.
Results from a third-party investigation on Wednesday showed the teacher's spinning punishment prop to be "inappropriate, but well-intentioned" and that the teacher did not "desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student," Read said.
"Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward," he added.
Maybe the teacher should wear the sandwich board
The school, in Skamania County near the Washington-Oregon border, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the teacher. A high school employee reached by phone on Friday afternoon said she was back in the classroom.
Cell phone footage purportedly captured from the classroom and posted to the Internet last week shows a student getting pelted with rubber balls as he cowers and shields his face with a book.
The tactic has drawn complaints. Zoey Zapfe, a 15-year-old sophomore, told KATU News she was punished by the rubber-ball firing squad for chewing gum in class.
"I'm hoping she gets fired because it was beyond humiliating," Zapfe told the local broadcaster.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)