First of all, does anyone have any idea as to why my blogroll is no longer in alphabetical order? It's really bugging me - I'm just that anal retentive.
My Claire is in her school's production of "Mulan"- very exciting, although I can't help but snicker, since the school's population is primarily white. Good for them, though.
I'm not usually one to bitch about the weather, but I'm going to anyway. I am so ready for spring I can almost taste it. Shouldn't be long now.
School days are flying by- here's a dilemma: what to do with kids who are chronically absent? Our school used to have a policy that stated if a student was absent from a class 10 times in a 9 week term, that student was put on failing status, but could repeal it if the teacher ok'd it. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances, blah, blah blah. BUT, after 20 absences (in a 9 week term- 45 days), the student would automatically fail the class. Well, a few years ago, the school board deemed that policy unfair and not in compliance with public school law.
So, now I have students who miss 6, 7, 12, times a term and still pass.
My other issue is kids who show up after missing most of the term. What am I supposed to do with them? Catch them up on 5 weeks of missing work while I teach the 26 other students our current lesson? I know it's terrible, but it's easier if they don't come at this point. How can I seriously bring them up to speed in Spanish? I'm sure the kids think that, too- they are already so far behind there's no hope of passing, so why bother showing up at all?
We need a better system- something else to offer them.