Monday, May 03, 2010

Lots Of Questions


Kim stopped coming to school in October and decided to return in May. Guess whose math class he ended up in? (If you guessed mine, you win the grand prize.)

I asked Kim where he's been all this time. He was a student of mine in the fall. He said he was home watching television.

So now he's back. He is far behind the weakest students in the class. What chance does he have? What chance is there for him to make it until June? How soon will it take for him to become the disturbance in was before? Why do we even have to take this kids back?

We would all be better off if he kept watching television.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's a girl in my school whose mother is visiting Ecudor for three weeks. She left her third grade daughter with a relative in Queens. Our school is in Brooklyn. Since she is out for three weeks, my secretary discharged her. She is not enrolled in any school in Queens. She is coming back to us for the Math test. I alerted the secretary to reinstate her on Tues so she can be on the roster on Wed (I help out the AP with testing).
The teacher could find nothing wrong with all of this. She said that the girl is a 3 or 4 in Ela and is way ahead in Math. Being home for 3 weeks is fine.
I must be too old for this.

Rho said...

I agree--why do we have to take these kids in when there is not time left to earn any credits? We got 4 new ones in the last two weeks. They were told they cannot earn credit and were urged to go online. Mother wouldn't agree. (I think she does not want them home with her.) After two days, one of them threw a book at me and yelled obscenities. At least the principal did 3 days of OSS. Then I found out the kid had been in jail, was 18, and was going to the "big jail" if he got into trouble again. Someone who writes these asinine laws should have to spend a week dealing with the results of their laws.

Anonymous said...

Kim obviously never completes a task otherwise he would have waited for the series finale of LOST. He saw a few reruns and thought the season was over. However I believe Klein is working up a deal for him to get couch potato credit.

Ms. Anthrope said...

I love it when the kids and/or their parents go to "my country" in the middle of a semester. Anon 6:09, ACS should definitely have been called in the case of the little girl left with relatives in Queens and yanked out of her home and school. There is something very wrong with that!! PO'd, I wouldn't be too warm and fuzzy with Kim. I put my next paycheck on you not seeing very much of Kim unless he goes back to the big house for cutting. Pretty soon the DOE will just use the "mirror test" and give the kids credit.

NYC Educator said...

What--you didn't give credit for all that "seat time" in front of the TV? Boy, you must be a mean teacher.

Pissed Off said...

Kim probably won't be back today.

lgm said...

Didn't you know? The real reason Gr. 3-8 ELA testing was changed from Jan to late April is the construction work schedule. Jan is when there is no work due to snow, so the fams go back to the home country or Disneyworld. Tough to make AYP when a whole subgroup is on vacation during test week.

I'd love to see a policy removing disuptors who don't have the attendance to gain credit. Perhaps they could just go to a computer lab and do a self-paced course until the next semester starts. They could have the chance to earn credit if they made up the time and material.

Lsquared said...

A self paced computer course sounds like the only thing that would be helpful to Kim either: sitting in a class he has no clue about and can't get credit for doesn't sound like a winning solution for anyone.