Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pay your phone bill!

Today my third period went off the reservation. Of the 14 students in attendance, 6 of them earned phone calls home or referrals in our behavior management system. I really believe it was all because of two kids -- one of whom has a 0.6% in my class for this advisory -- who have realized that they cannot pass this semester, and are hellbent on taking as many other students down as they can. These two exhibited appalling behavior in class, and they managed to get a lot of other kids off task with them. Of course, we're in high school, and those other kids are responsible for their actions. So I settled down to make my phone calls.

6 parents. 6 phone numbers. 4 disconnected. 1 rings into infinity. 1 has a full voice mail.

BUH.

8 comments:

Veteran teacher said...

I spoke to my colleague who teaches kindergarten and has a pretty large class. She told me her babies were OFF THE WALL today. She whipped out her cell and made a bunch of phone calls. Several parents came up to the school and some of the little darlings got had mommy whip some hind parts in the coat room. At least with the little children, the phone numbers are usually good. Overall, in these last few weeks, behavior must be awful throughout.

Kings said...

Devil's advocate to Harry:

A kid flunking? Obviously you didn't do enough to reach this student. A really "great" teacher, a la Rhee in Balto in the 90's, would have brought him from the bottom to the top. Please improve soon or leave the field. We've got to close the achievement gap and it looks like you may not up to the job.

Bad phone numbers? What – you never called these kids’ parents before? You should have made home visits by now.

JLH said...

sounds like the gave the teacher the landline - or the number they give out for calls they don't want to take. Sure bet their kids have the real cell # programmed in their own cell.

With lil kids, the parents still want to be called in an emergency. Looks like that changes with older kids and more teacher calls on behavior.

Glenn Watson said...
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Glenn Watson said...

I feel for you man. Our last day of school was yesterday. When is school over in DC?

Wyrm said...

June 11 is the last day of finals, June 15 is technically the last day for students, but I can't imagine we will see many at the high school level.

Our school has actually stayed at it's sort of chaotic level, and I've actually had less discipline issues the last few days (although I am guessing it's because those kids have stopped coming to class)

The New Teacher on the Block said...

To those who have said the numbers for the little ones are usually good: not at my school. It baffles me that parents of young children (especially those with a disability where they cannot explain to their parents if something happened or something is wrong, which is the case with my students) would not keep their numbers up to date. I have one mom who sends me notes almost everyday with phone numbers on them and I can NEVER reach her at the numbers. So goofy...

ELL Teacher said...

I have a lot of the parents' phone numbers in my cell. They call me and I call them. I can always ignore my cell or turn it off so it's not a bother at all. One mother is always getting her cell # changed as she probably doesn't pay the bill and keeps changing her number. I am always available to the parents. I know it's a different world when the kids are in high school. Two more weeks of school plus one day...