Hi - Just a couple of questions (or if you prefer, a vent).
I help out on some days on the playground and see yelling/screaming yard duty folks overreacting to incidents on the playground. One child came out of class at recess and his mom walked over to him to ask him a question. He told her he had to spend 5 minutes on the wall for talking in class. As he is talking to mom, a yard duty person walks up behind the mom and screeches the student's name and screams "You are supposed to be on the wall".
Mom rightly turns around to yard duty and says, "I'm talking to my son". Turns around to find son had run to the wall for his punishment. Mom said "come here" and finished her talk with her son and then he went back to the wall for 5 minutes.
Outside my office is the hallway in front of the principal's office. When a kiddo is in trouble, he/she sits out there until the principal has time to see him/her. It seems like mostly the "paraprofessionals" (aka aides) walk by and make comments to the kids "Oh, are you in trouble?" in a nasty voice.
One time an aide chastised a child coming out of the principal's office for looking at his other friends waiting to go in and tell their side of the story and smiling . . . the aide jumped on this child "How dare you smile at your friends".
Is there a protocol book for aides???
I think the aides I work with are on a power trip - Drives me crazy.
(I'm not a fan of taking a troubled kid out of instruction time to wait in the hallway to talk to the principal either but that's another story)