It's raining today. It's also May. To say we experienced some extremely shitty attendance would be an understatement.
In fact, I think today set some sort of record. I co-teach my 5th period class with a first-year math teacher. That means for that specific period, there are two teachers in one room. Two teachers. One room. And no, it's not a "special education" class. It's a regular Algebra class that just happens to have two teachers. An amazing opportunity for students to receive instruction in multiple ways and receive one-on-one support.
Exhibit A below shows the attendance for 5th period today. I've blocked out all the names obviously.
|Exhibit A: 5th period attendance|
What you are seeing is correct: exactly one student was present today. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. This student also happens to be a student whose attendance is quite terrible. In fact, when this student is here, he usually skips his classes and strolls the school's hallways, or tries to play in the gym every single period.
Exhibit B below is a picture I took of the shared classroom during 5th period.
|Exhibit B: Student taking advantage of one-on-one time.|
"Absolutely not, why don't we try to get you caught up with the rest of the class? You're failing because you haven't turned anything in, nor have you showed up for any of the tests." I suggested.
"No. I ain't doing anything. I'm sleeping. Good night."
Good night and good luck.