Students catching up missed classes

I almost wrote teachers catching students up… but I don’t think that is our responsibility. (We can facilitate but I do not think I should pay a lunchtime cost because a student was on holiday.)

I have, however. been looking at absenteeism and how students can catch up. This is regardless of whether the student has justified (sick, work placement) or unjustified (family holiday) absences. Data indicates (unsurprisingly) a strong correlation between being at school and success (Duh!). Worse, is the interruption and delays caused in class when a student is well behind and holding up the class with constant questions covering material already covered. I suspect some students will also suffer from a sense of helplessness…

If a student cannot be at school they need to catch up. A students success or otherwise in catching up is a  function of:

  • critical nature of lesson missed (key content covered or revision)
  • % of important content delivered verbally (no record)
  • % skills modeled and not repeated
  • length of lesson (50 or 100 minutes)
  • productivity in class (if 70% the 70 mins for 100 min lesson)
  • expectations of teachers (set at beginning of year)
  • school expectations reflected in policy
  • expectations of parents and degree that they oversee work (Google Classroom can provide summary progress information to “guardians”)
  • student capability (are they capable enough to fill in the gaps by themselves)
  • student motivation
  • student options ie friends, homework club, resources at home
  • teacher resources ie lesson plans, text, videos (YouTube and key class content)

No doubt there are others.

I am looking at an integrated approach to students catching up missed classes ie part parents supervision, part teaching resources, part expectations, part technology… It will be interesting to see where this leads.

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Why was six afraid of seven?

Because seven is a registered six offender.

Used by Year 11 student as a joke… revealed with provision of username and password as part of a programming exercise. The class thought it was pretty funny… and a fairly interesting exercise in Boolean logic.

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WCC dog registration: WTF

WCC dog Registration form.

Why bother paying over the Internet if I have to send in the form anyway? Pretty dumb as far as I can see… I suppose there could be a good reason?

Just as well I still have a cheque book from ten years ago.

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IRD customer service an oxymoron?

Latest email to IRD…. I think nearly 4 weeks is ample time to answer a question. I don’t want to actually ring up………

I wrote, you replied… it did not answer my email, I wrote again and no reply yet… How can I sort this out unless I get timely responses? Please advise.

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Seen on Happy Valley Road

Someone could not be bothered delivering the Cook Strait News… Shame on them.

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What is “hard work”?

I frequently hear politicians or senior bureaucrats saying that their Departments are “working hard” on a particular issue. It used to be when writing student reports a common phrase would be “needs to work harder”, however, I am not sure that many students know what this means. (Nice safe phrase to use… a bit like saying “we need to communicate better”)

Intuitively we can understand and see when a student plays hard, or works hard doing manual labour, but I am not so sure when it comes to academic work. And when we bandy phrases such as “work smarter”, “work efficiently”, “work effectively” into the mix we probably confuse them even more. Working efficiently is actually part of the assessment criteria for some assessments.

I think I will ask students what they think “working hard” means when their parents or teachers tell them to “work harder”. The answers, or lack of, could be revealing.

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WEGC DT students featured on Ministry of Education Facebook page

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