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What Do YOU Do???

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MzVogo
Wed, 30 Dec 1998 20:06:08 EST


As I sit here scoring writing portfolios (yes, it is still winter vacation
here....) I am faced with the agonizing question that is plaguing several of
us this year....

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE KIDS WHO SIMPLY DO NOT TURN ANYTHING IN?

I have recently switched from elementary to secondary and am astounded by the
number of kids who (1) don't give a rip (2) dare you to make them learn
something (3) have parents who apparently do not care that thier kid is
flunking everything and/or (4) are totally unmotivated by anything (sports,
band trips, activity nights).

What kids of school policies do you have in you buildings to deal with this
issue? Most of our kids have a study hall (not that they use it, obviously)
and many of these kids sit passively in class and do nada. I have even seen
them work (sort of) on something in class, then toss it in the trash on the
way out the door rather than turn it in for credit. Detention does not seem
to work - the either show up and do nothing or don't show up and hope you will
suspend them so they can stay home.

PLEASE let me know how you are handling this. We need all the ideas we can
get!

Thanks,
Kim in Oregon (who got 25 of 63 portfolios - this is 7 weeks of work!!!)


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