Insane Absences and TardiesJune 28, 2007 at 9:09 pm | Posted in behavior, education, elementary, inner city | 3 Comments
I’m doing my report card and, as I already knew, found insane absences and tardies. Out of 66 days of schools, three of my students missed more than 10 days of school, one of whom had 15 tardies. This girl is one of the lowest scorer, academically speaking. Her mother pretty much shut me out because I pushed her and her older daughter hard last year. She, my current student, made a lot of progress this year, but is still lagging behind her peers. One of my friend said, “Third graders don’t make decisions about going to school. They do as they’re told.” Yup.
A half of my students had five to nine absences with some tardies hitting the twenties.
I consider this a “symptom” of how difficult my class was this year. I could be wrong, but in my five years of teaching, I noticed that, generally speaking, attendance is a good clue to class’s achievement and behavior. Last year, half of my students earned perfect attendance for the year. This year, two of my students earned good attendance certificates. Last year was the mellowest class anyone can wish for. This year, my class ran off a substitute (just two weeks ago in fact). The substitute pushed them out the classroom door 15 minutes before the bell rang and headed for the parking lot. Some of my fellow teachers were laughing about it. I cringed.
Back to the report cards.