Due to the restrictions bought on me as a result of my robot teacher status, my Math lessons are taught at the end of the day. In other words, I don’t have a choice, because my schedule is decided for me by administration. Teachers pretty much aren’t allowed to make any decisions nowadays, but I digress.
My Math lessons have become a constant stream of interruptions from parents who feel that 3:05 is too late for whatever urgent matter is at hand. I’m teaching, getting a point across, and then, “Mrs.M, could you send TS for dismissal?” One day, I had three students leave halfway through the lesson. There is a correlation between being there for the lesson, and doing well, am I right? Funny enough, these are the same students whose parents say their kids are struggling with math.
And of course, the student doesn’t just get up and leave without interrupting or causing interruptions. “Anything I have to take home?” Or the reminder I have to pass on before they exit. Or the students who feel the need to watch this student pack up and leave, even if I begin teaching again! I lose a number of my students as this one student whose parent didn’t feel like waiting on the car line leaves. I know there are times when students have no choice but to leave early, it happens. However, I feel we need to go back to making education a priority.
I wrote a small reminder to my parents today about the importance of their child being in school until the end of the day, hopefully they will understand.