Ways to Improve Daily Attendance in Classroom

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  1. ankitkohli

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    A peep into the classrooms of any government school shows the poor attendance of students. Lack of knowledge in students about academic importance and lesser parental involvement have been some major factors in affecting the attendance of students. Educationists have identified the grey areas behind the low attendance ratio in government schools. In order to improve daily attendance, many teaching initiatives have been designed, developed and are being implemented in government schools. Some of the most innovative ideas to improve daily attendance in schools are:

    1. My Attendance, My Responsibility: –

    The term ‘responsibility’ holds any person accountable for the deeds either good or bad. The same psychology has been applied in this holistic learning experience. According to this activity, the teacher makes students aware of their responsibility towards achieving education. They are asked to own up the responsibility of their absence in school. This innovative teaching strategy makes it mandatory for students to explain the reason for their absence.

    The teacher can ask the students to be regular to school for improve daily attendance and explain them about the rewards and recognition that they can win for their full attendance. Every child marks his or her attendance in a notebook assigned for the purpose. On days of being absent, the student puts down in writing the reason for failing to attend school on that particular day. Self attendance technique infuses a feeling of accountability and motivates students to be regular to school.

    To encourage government school students to be present throughout the month, the school administration confer 100% attendance awards to such students. At times parents are invited by the school authority to witness the ceremony where their child is being felicitated. In some schools parents are recognized and thanked for being instrumental in child’s full attendance ratio in school.

    2. Profiling

    During school days, friends or classmates are considered the most prized possession of any student. Peer pressure or behavior leaves a mark on the personality of all growing students. This one-of-its-kind innovation i.e. profiling, is the latest teaching strategy adopted to give a boost to attendance graph in government schools. As a part of this activity, the teacher can divide the class into pairs or in a group of four students each. The group members or partners in case of pairs are entrusted with the responsibility to ensure regular class attendance. This division helps the teachers keep a close tab on the reasons for students’ absenteeism.

    Regularity in attendance is not the only benefit of this innovative teaching strategy but there are several other benefits too. Attending school regularly directly affects the learning outcome of any student. It improves the academic results of students in the examinations. During this activity, the group members are asked to meet each other within school premises and keep a record of each other’s daily attendance. If one of the group members is absent on a particular day, one or all other teammates visit the absentee’s house to inquire about the reason. All the relevant details are recorded in the students’ profile.

    3. Reward for Attendance: –

    Recognition for an achievement always reaps in positive results. Rewards and recognition work wonders for school students. In order to boost the class attendance, the students are encouraged to be regular in order to be applauded by the class teacher and school authorities. According to this innovative teaching strategy, simple rewards are given to the students who maintain a 100% attendance in school. This innovation not just encourages regular students but also inspires the absentees to attend school on a daily basis. Students who show signs of improvement in class attendance are also praised for their efforts and are rewarded too.

    There are different ways in which teachers reward students for improving their class attendance. In one of these ways, the teacher keeps an eye on the class attendance of students. At the end of the month, those with maximum attendance are appreciated and rewarded by the class teacher. Sometimes, the teacher gives some extra play time to these students as a reward. Whereas the senior students are rewarded with stationery items like pens, notebooks and more.

    Drop-out rate and absenteeism in schools can be reduced by switching to other innovative classroom teaching techniques. One such way is organizing quizzes as rewards for regular students. Teachers often make a list of regular and punctual students and involve them in various school competitions. These students are also applauded in morning school assembly and appreciated for their being present throughout the month.

    The other unique ways adopted, innovated and implemented in schools include rewarding students through quiz and extra curricular activities. Different colored stars are given to students who show distinct improvement in their class attendance. Golden, silver and green colored stars are given as rewards to school students depending upon their attendance rate. The recipients of the stars wear these star badges on their uniform throughout the month which inspires other students to be regular to school in order to get the star badges.

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    Since this is in the Elementary Education section, I'll assume you are talking about Elementary school. I have to respectfully disagree. Young students are rarely the ones responsible for their own attendance. It is their parents' responsibility to get them to school, and often, especially in low income areas, it is the parents who fail to do this, for whatever reason. If a parent fails to wake a child up early enough, and the child misses the school bus, the parent may have no transportation to get the child to school, and the child is absent. If the parent has a medical appointment and has to take public transportation (which can take all day) and has no one else to pick the child up from the school bus, then often she will take the child on the appointment with her instead of school. When there is split custody, often the two (or more) households do not have the same emphasis on timeliness, and the child misses. How will giving the child a reward fix this problem? There are also homes where the primary parent suffers from illness (physical or mental illness.) A depressed parent, a drug-dependent parent, an alcoholic parent -- they often fail to properly parent their children. How is a prize for the child going to fix this?

    Older children -- say in High School -- can get themselves out of bed, set an alarm clock, wash their clothes, make their own breakfast, and get themselves to school, if they choose. Elementary school children are not ready to do that. To expect it, is ludacris.

    Finally, encouraging young children to have 100% attendance encourages them to come to school when they are sick, and should be home or under a doctor's care, to get better. It teaches them to deny their own self-care.

    You call this an "innovative teaching strategy," however Perfect Attendance rewards have been around for generations. They are not only NOT new or innovative, they are terribly outdated.
     
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    When I first began teaching in the early 80's, I immediately noticed that the higher the grade level the less involved were the parents. Now I'm seeing a lack of parental involvement in all levels of growth beginning at birth and, from what I've read, even prenatal development. School attendance is just one fraction of the entire problem of neglect.

    I might disagree with the over emphasis of rewards, too, as rewards tend to lessen the motivation for achievement. The student begins working just for the reward and could begin to disdain coming to school. Contrary to this, the ideal motivation for attendance should be the thrill of learning, not just the academic subjects, but the learning involved in enjoying time together with friends, doing things independently, even recess. Learning is hard work to be sure, but it's also enjoyable, and the rewards of learning, of accomplishing a new skill, are especially exciting for elementary students.
     
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    Why do teachers have to be responsible for attendance?
     
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    Profiling red flags is the only thing I agree with here. This would cover the students in elementary who have little or no power in their own attendance.

    But if the subtitle is My Attendance, My Responsibility, then I agree with TeacherNy, it's not the teacher responsibility.

    100% should not be a goal. High 90s, sure. But I doubt the super-kid with the life and health record to allow for 100% attendance is a common one.
     
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    Same here w/ elementary kids. Most can't control how late their parent stays out partying/ sleeping in or whatever.... Plus, I do not want sick kids coming, sharing the wealth w/ others.
    By the time I was in 4th grade, my sibs and I were in charge of setting our own alarms, getting ready, and catching the bus. I only missed it 1x, but we had parents who taught us to be extremely responsible. Most kids nowadays don't have that!
     
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    We too were eventually responsible for getting ourselves to school.

    I recall sleeping in once in high school. Missed first period by the time I awoke. Dashed off to school (which was two blocks away, not a problem). My room was in the basement at the time and the basement had its own entrance, so I doubt my mom knew I even slept in and missed a class.
     
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    You got lucky! My older sister told on me....lol I don't remember getting in trouble, but never did it again.
     

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