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post #481 of 564
goddamnit several of my students are plain retarded. they are going to fail and then their parents are going to bug me about giving them a supplementary exam which they will fail, then I get to spend my fucking vacation tutoring them. Maybe I should fail them then quit, that's the best way to get away from them since I can't force them to enroll in a mental house.
post #482 of 564
^Is that the case for a fair amount of professors in the mainland and/or HK? :/
post #483 of 564
Not in mainland, the system is too corrupt there so people will just bribe the prof/school. In HK I've only worked in one college so far, and it's a small one, so I don't think what happens here would represent all schools.
post #484 of 564
Never even knew this thread existed... I've got some reading to do!

Grade 7 homeroom teacher.
post #485 of 564
Eason, can you fail kids in HK? Just give them a marginal pass and "let someone else" deal with the mess icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif Thats how it works in N.A.
post #486 of 564
I can fail them, but I really don't want to be part of the problem. Giving these kids a marginal pass will do nothing to solve the problem. That's not how Eason rolls.
post #487 of 564
I'm looking into Teach for America. What do you guys think about them?
post #488 of 564
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I can fail them, but I really don't want to be part of the problem. Giving these kids a marginal pass will do nothing to solve the problem. That's not how Eason rolls.

Will Eason ever take a bribe though?
post #489 of 564
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I am yet to see anyone in a suit save the administrators. Which I am for. Teacher style is a fun thing to partake in. I imagine I'll get more regular use from my corduroy jacket or blue cotton blazer than most people who own the equivalent but work in a more formal setting. Simply tucking in a shirt goes far here.

Suits never really look too good when soiled with school chalk or worse....whiteboard marker.
post #490 of 564
BC government wants to dock teachers %15 of what they've earned this year because of job action. What has job action involved? No school-wide administrator led staff meetings and no report cards (but you have to keep your marks/assessments). Not sure that constitutes 15% of my day considering its soccer/volleyball season, global issues club is running and I don't have a prep block. But sure take the money I need for bills.
post #491 of 564
hey fellow teachers & associates

Does anyone have any creative strategies to deal with high school students that are habitually late and/or absent? I've tried everything...detentions, push ups, calls home and nothing seems to deter it? Looking forward to your ideas.
post #492 of 564
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hey fellow teachers & associates

Does anyone have any creative strategies to deal with high school students that are habitually late and/or absent? I've tried everything...detentions, push ups, calls home and nothing seems to deter it? Looking forward to your ideas.

It's frustrating- are the kids who have issues with being late or absent still fulfilling the state or provincial learning objectives? The fundamental problem is, of course, that carrots and sticks are terrible motivators for changing people's long-term behavior. The issues that things like detentions and push-ups cause seems to me much greater than the seeming short-term benefits they derive. I'm wondering, if you were constantly late to work and your principal made you do pushups during lunch in the staff room, called your wife or kept you in on weekends it wouldn't increase your intrinsic motivation to be a good professional. If anything, it would create either hostile feelings, cause you to consider that staying late at school is a punishment (when in reality putting the idea of 'being in school = bad' or that exercise = punishment).

When I have kids who are habitually late I try to understand why it is they're late. There are hundreds of reasons that we could discuss here, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter. Do the kids consider your class important? Interesting? Crucial? Are the kids having issues at home? Are they 'fashionably late' for a reaction out of you (which leads to a worse problem- the dreaded you vs. them). Fuck, are they late because mom or dad are shitty at getting them to school on time?

Talk to the other teachers about the specific kids who are constantly late. Are they late to everyone's class? Only mornings? After lunch?

A lot of places really enforce a closed-door policy. To me, that's the complete opposite direction we should be going... Sometimes, however, it might be ok. The admin at our school picks random days to have a bell 'lock down' one period. If you're in the hall after the second bell, you go to the cafe to grab a late slip- their problem. That's their business I suppose (real cognitive dissonance here on my part hmmm). The school I'm at right now doesn't have bells. Teachers dismiss and begin class according to their clocks and prerogative... you know... just like work/university. Kids deal with it fine.

Habitual lates aren't going to suddenly become model students because you're giving them pushups or detentions. Very few kids I know react positively to tough love but somehow it's the first tool on the bench most teachers reach for. Drives me nuts. You don't have to be their friend but looking at the big picture really makes a difference. I spent some time in a connections program (for kids who are on the wrong side of the law, into drugs, been kicked out of the system) and that really forced me to understand that kids showing up a few minutes late for your class, chewing gum, wearing hats, texting and whatever else are really fucking weak ways to 'rebel' or somehow make them better people if they refrain.
post #493 of 564
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Originally Posted by 6up View Post

hey fellow teachers & associates
Does anyone have any creative strategies to deal with high school students that are habitually late and/or absent? I've tried everything...detentions, push ups, calls home and nothing seems to deter it? Looking forward to your ideas.

Forget them, concentrate on your best students. Some students are just hopeless cases, they'll regret it later when they flunk. If a student is more than 5 minutes late here, the door is locked and they miss the lesson, and have to stand outside the classroom. Fortunately at our school, lateness, truancy and absenteeism are fairly rare.

If a student is disruptive to the classroom, deprivation of privileges often puts them right.
Edited by MikeDT - 11/15/11 at 10:39pm
post #494 of 564
I tell my kids what we're going to do and if we don't get it done we keep working until it is done. If that means working right up until the next class, so be it.
post #495 of 564
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