Today has been HSA testing week at school, and a fairly frustrating one for a teacher. Our schedule has been testing all week, and classes in the afternoon. I expected my students to come to the classes in the afternoon every day, but they haven't. My attendance has been around 5-15 in every class, and that's such an imperfect number: not small enough to ignore for a study hall, but not big enough to teach a full lesson to that I can expect the entire class to get.
What's worse is that I feel like the school, and several of my colleagues, are doing a wink-wink, nudge-nudge thing with the kids, like they don't really need to come. There are days like these - for example, after final exams - but for the HSA? Please. Only one grade level takes it every day in the mornings, and, while these kids might be forgiven for at least being tired in the afternoon (not for skipping), the rest of the students should be there. No questions asked.
All my non-attenders will be receiving zeros, as promised. Along with my scorn. When you're 14 or 16 years old, you're simply too young to be deciding which days of school are important and which ones are not. And, as for my IB 3 students, we've got to finish Othello in two weeks; they better be damn sure there will be consequences for not being in class when they're required to be.
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