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Banning chess for throwing pieces?

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Soapysuds64 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:42:02

My dd is 10 and in primary 6. The kids in the class had been allowed to play chess during indoor playtime, however, this has recently been banned, as some (un identified) children were found to be throwing the pieces around. I can't work out if this is a sensible punishment, or if there is a better solution.....? I think I am too close to see it objectively. I am starting to hear about other silly punishments, children telling tales, and I am wondering if there is a problem with discipline..... Teacher is young and not very experienced. Any thoughts?

BoysAreLikeDogs Thu 28-Mar-13 23:58:18

indoor playtime usually supervised by others than teacher in our school; you might be directing ire the wrong way

juniper9 Fri 29-Mar-13 00:35:06

Who owns the chess boards? I provided all of my own board games in my classroom (many of which I've had since I was 8 or 9) and my current class have treated them appallingly. I've now removed the games as I am sick of my own belongings being trashed.

I'm sure there are plenty of children in my class who treat things with respect, but I'm not willing to have all of my things broken by the few who have no consideration for others.

Euphemia Fri 29-Mar-13 07:15:49

Who is supervising? Is it a classroom assistant or another pupil?

Sometimes there's no-one directly assigned to a class in P6/P7, so if there's a carry-on happening it may not be picked up straight away.

Which other silly punishments have you picked up on?

LittleBairn Fri 29-Mar-13 07:17:54

I would say that's an over reaction do they ban every type of game when pupils misbehave? Why don't they ban the kids that were throwing.

NotTreadingGrapes Fri 29-Mar-13 07:20:28

10 yr olds are more than old enough to know how to behave.

Euphemia Fri 29-Mar-13 07:25:33

Bairn My suggestion is that no-one was supervising, so they don't know who did it.

LittleBairn Fri 29-Mar-13 08:05:51

The children know who did it.

Wellthen Fri 29-Mar-13 09:59:46

Why does it matter?

ATeacherWritesHome Fri 29-Mar-13 16:50:56

Oh man! Hopefully the kids were getting so into the game that they threw pieces, not just random violence!! My kids used to be utterly vile with monopoly and chess (at home, not school), and I have to say, thrown pieces were sometimes the least of our worries. Got them under better control now, after extensive behaviour management so I guess whoever was supervising the kids went straight to nuclear. Like Euphemia says, sometimes it's really hard to unpick who started it.
Personally, I think competitive games like this are fab - partly because they awaken kids' inner beasts, and then they learn how to get themselves under control. Shame if these kids never got to learn self-control because the whole thing just got banned.
Not helpful, I know! Sorry x
Yes, I think teachers went nuclear. Hard to know for sure without being on the ground though.

Euphemia Fri 29-Mar-13 16:57:14

The children know who did it.

Maybe, maybe not. If they do, they might not tell/own up.

Dededum Fri 29-Mar-13 16:58:36

My son would have been really upset if chess got banned, not that is helpful.

scaevola Fri 29-Mar-13 16:59:28

It seems entirely reasonable to remove equipment if there are pupils abusing it. One day, ere mit be children interested in playing chess, not lobbing items around at random, and it would be a pity if missing pieces prevented that.

If the school needs to be removing items from children his age, then it does seem as if there is a discipline problem in this group. It's unlikely a DC account of some incidents will be complete and may nt be accurate.

If it is worrying you, and you do not have confidence that poor behaviour is being tackled appropriately, then perhaps you need to go in and have a word with either form teacher or head of year (if mixed forms).

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