Foreign teachers are not permitted to proactively physically engage with students. This means:
* no touching any body part
* no pushing
* no turning
* no lifting
* never touch a students head
The only acceptable contact is to offer a high 5 where the student volunteers to place their hand onto yours. The only other time it is feasible to touch as student is if you judge that a student(s) is at serious risk of harm if you do not intervene.
Another point to note is that pointing at students (or anyone) with one finger is deemed very rude in China (as it is in most Western countries). Please, never point to students. Instead, use open palm gestures.
I know this policy is a little bit of a can of worms and want to discuss it with you, in meetings, in due course.
Finally, I wish to remind you that, as foreign teachers, we have no power to automatically expel a student from the classroom. If you are having management issues with a student(s), then leave the room and ask for your Branch Manager to remove them for you. Do not send your Chinese Teacher to get the BM as you are then vulnerable with no reliable witnesses. You must explain to the BM the issue at hand. The student will then be spoken to by the BM, outside the classroom and then returned once the BM is satisfied that the issue has been dealt with. It is the BM's final decision that decides to return a student into the classroom.
An incident form will be filled out by the BM and sent to the executive. Foreign teachers are encouraged to speak with the executive if they have any concerns regarding classroom management issues. If you have any questions regarding any matters in this post, either see me or raise your concerns at the next meeting.