These last three weeks before Christmas break can be a trying and stressful time. When students are acting out and getting on your nerves, just remember that they are still just children. I know they don’t seem like children sometimes because they appear so big and adult-like, but that is just their hard shell. Inside this tough, outer exterior is a soft filling. If you don’t believe me, bring in small prizes to give out: little keychains, small Happy Meal-type toys, candy, whatever…and see the excitement in their eyes when you show them. Or announce that you will be playing a game to review for a test, play some music, or take them outside the classroom for the day. They won’t be able to contain their gleeful joy. Because they are children. And children need attention. If they don’t get it, then you have a disaster on your hands for three weeks. Invest in a little attention and show your kids you care…and they might, too. 🙂 Good luck!
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.