Let’s be honest. It’s a challenge to be a teacher in this day and age. Class and student engagement is at an all time low. In a world that is all about instant gratification, constant technology and constant distractions; it’s easy to see why it’s a struggle to keep student attendance up, your class interested and parents informed.
Chronic absenteeism is not just a small thing. It’s persisting in schools across all areas and age groups and is affecting up to 8 million kids per year. When kids miss school, they fall terribly behind the other students and are at risk for total delays in emotional and social learning. They don’t learn to read properly or at grade level and they in turn are at a huge risk for dropping out later in their school career. Even if they do stay in school, being behind is a good indication on whether or not they will succeed later in life. It also wrecks havoc on their personal development, self-worth and self-esteem.
Obviously, it’s a big deal and something that needs to be handled as quickly as possible. Early detection and intervention is key. That’s why vclassrooming.com attendance module is so functionally important for every teacher. You’ve got to have open and honest communication with the parents. Sometimes detecting the problem and reporting it to the parents is all that’s needed to solve the problem. Some parents don’t realize there is an attendance issue, or don’t realize that it’s a big deal if they do know about it. They might figure that their child has missed only a day or two, when actually the reality is that it’s a chronic problem.
The best way to track attendance is to utilize an attendance management system that will automate the notification to parents. That’s what we have built. No matter if you are working in K12 or higher education, this is the perfect system to implement. Some of the benefits of using the vclassrooming.com module to facilitate your parent communications are:
The first challenge is to get the kids in the classroom. The next challenge is all about keeping them interested and engaged. If we can take the attendance monitoring and follow up off the teacher’s plate, that will give them more time, energy and resources to keep their students engaged, interested and learning. So what are some things that a teacher can do or focus on to keep their students attending class, engaged and interested? We’ve put together a quick list that should give you some good ideas. If you can nip the boredom in the bud and get them interested, they will be much more likely to actually absorb the information you are giving them. They will not only attend your class, but they will participate and actually pass the class. As a teacher, it will take some effort on your part- but let’s be honest when your students are bored; you’re probably just as bored as they are.
So let’s jump in and give you some ideas on how to bring your class engagement and attendance up.
There are so many different ways to do this. I know of one teacher that is going the extra mile by assigning different students topics and days they are in charge of teaching the class. The kids are engaged in planning and executing the lessons and have total creative freedom to express themselves the way they want to. Another teacher shows up every Friday in a different and totally ridiculous outfit or costume of some sort. The students are never sure what he’s going to wear and they all want to show up to see. Another teacher is totally engaging her students in these amazing discussions. She has been able to really hone in on what makes her students tick, what makes them think and what gets them excited. She incorporates all of that into her lesson plans and is able to reach all of her students exactly at their level. It’s taken some work for sure, but she’s touching lives and creating a lasting impression.
Automating your attendance process will free you up for more time, passion and energy to put into your classrooms and your students. After all, people are more important than numbers or grades. Utilize some of the above ideas to engage your students, to get them interested, to keep them motivated and to keep them showing up to class.