June 11, 2013

End of the School Year rant & suggestions welcome!

Oh my goodness! Summer is so close, I can taste it!! :) Unfortunately, so can the kids.

Today, as with last Tuesday, less than half the students turned in their weekend homework! LESS THAN HALF!!!!!!!!! What the heck?? When did it become optional to do work? I just can't seem to get through to them that this last week is still important.

I know they're high schoolers and can't always see the big picture...but I need to get across to them. ANY IDEAS????????


Thanks!

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  1. Oh gosh. That is a hard one. When you figure it out let the rest of us know!
    I think I just told the students on regular basis that everything we do is important (I've been out of school since May 17, so I am a little foggy on my end of year pep-talks.) and that if I don't get their work, they don't pass and we don't want to see each other next year. :)

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    1. Right?! Hahaha...I tell them they don't want to be stuck with me again next year ;) Maybe they do.....who knows.....

      Stephanie

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  2. I hate when classes get like this and unfortunately we have all been there. I will chop up lessons and make them due at the end of class. I then stand at the door as they leave and collect the assignment as they walk out the door. No assignment, they don't leave until they give me their parents phone number. I also will collect homework then have everyone stand up. I go through the papers I received and call out the names of the students who turned in their assignment on time, and the slackers are left standing. I will then have the students stay after school with me until the assignment is turned in. If it is a problem, I call their parents or send an email to their coach letting them know they will be late for practice.
    The problem of not turning in work has become so bad at our school they will be required to stay after school to get caught up and will not be allowed to participate or attend extra curricular activities if they are missing work. They will also be required to call their own parents to let them know they have to stay after school.

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    1. Dawn,
      Those are such great ideas! Thanks for taking the time to write them down for me!! :) I did the emails with parents and that helped a little, so next year I'll just be WAY more proactive prior to the two week mark :) Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

      Stephanie

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