Saturday, December 15, 2012

School Absences: Students vs. Teachers

Over the years, I've heard lots of discussion about the negative impact of student absences on school achievement, test scores and graduation rates.

Little is ever mentioned about the impact of teacher absences on those same parameters.

It seems likely that when a teacher misses attending school that his/her students suffer.

Substitute teachers are often ill-prepared to manage the class, let alone teach the subject at hand.

Has your child ever had difficulty that you believed was connected to an absent teacher?


Anonymous said...

SCATS, our kids haven't commented on substitute teachers very often (maybe once or twice a year) but when they do it is always that the substitute is better than the regular teacher.

That may be reporting bias, that a lousy substitute is no news and so goes uncommented-upon, but what comments we hear are always about how they want to keep their substitute.

SCATS said...

To 12:16AM ~~ Or maybe the sub wants to get a fulltime teaching position back again, after being let go from RCD, GCSD or somewhere else ...? I've heard a lot about chaos when subs are in place during past years.

Anonymous said...

If subs keep the kids happy, they (the subs) will get harrassed less.

Anonymous said...

Now that I've thought on it a bit, our oldest boy Eustice had himself quite a setback educationwise a few years back when his teacher Ms Dwizletop ran off with her boyfriend and Eustice had a couple subs for the rest of the year. At the time we just figured it was a lot to do with Eustice sort of having a thing for that Dwizletop girl, her only being a few years older than Eustice and all. Truth is I couldn't say I blamed the boy for being after her like a Lab on a duck after parent night when I saw her in that miniskirt. I mean good lord how Eustice didn't forget his name looking at that sweet thing 5 daysa week was beyond me to explain.

Seems it took the school a while to figure out Dwizletop ran off with a Senior from over there to Olympia, but right after that they replaced the sub Eustice had with another sub they said was to the end of the year. Now not to be cruel, but just stating the facts,this woman was likely to be Miss. for a dang long time even if her family had money and land. Even worse she came in therewith attitude. It was like she completely ignored Eustice and the other boys in the class having been learning something completely different than Algebra I tell you! When Eustice got his hormones all settled he went to this woman and asked her for some help, and she right quick told him she wasn't getting paid to help students, she belonged to the Union.

Needless to say BethAnn and I weren't a lot of help on the algebra, so Beth called the school and got Eustice some special help.

So all in all I guess I'd say the boy was effected.

SCATS said...

To 1:21AM ~~ I shed a tear reading that ... just beautiful ...