This is the third installment of the Boys Town series. I highly recommend the training.
When you are a teacher, much of your day depends on other people’s choices. Guidance coordinators, parents, and other teachers must place and remove students from your class as they need to, so you don’t have much choice in who your students are. Some students you can’t stand are suddenly on your roll book, while others you adore disappear without warning. Often you will celebrate when a problematic student is removed from the roster, only to be replaced by one much worse. That’s teaching, though. The only thing you can do is be a source of light for all students, so they will remember you fondly. And not shank you when you turn around.
Attendance in school really matters. Even Joe, above, earned some points just for being there on the day the class worked on group projects. Parents should know where their kids are. One parent called the school to meet with me last week and said she was “shocked” that her son had been ditching. Funny thing is, our computer program (which parents can log into) shows attendance for every class. The progress reports also show how many absences and tardies the student has accumulated. Of course, children of high school age should know enough to come to school, but ultimately, if anything happens to the child when he is not there, it is the parent’s responsibility.