Friday, May 18 - What Happens When a Student Forgets Their Sneakers?

1.  They tell the teacher that they've forgotten their sneakers.

2.  They come to the office to ask to use the phone.

3.  Six out of 10 students will need to have their phone number looked up because they don't know it.

4.  Five out of 10 students will have to have assistance using the phone because they only know cell phones and cordless phones and do not know how to use a push button with curly cord.  And............. they do not know not to dial 8, or 908, etc.

5.  Three out of 10 students will have to call again because they didn't follow instructions and leave a message the first time, which will result in a parent frantically calling the office wanting to know who from the school called and the office having to make numerous calls to .... you get the picture there I'm sure.

6.  The parent will arrive with the sneakers, usually not in a bag,  and attempt to place them on the counter, whereby they will be instructed to put them on the floor under the chair across the room, and look at us bewildered that we should make such a request (doesn't everyone put shoes on their counter?).

7.  The classroom will be called with the information that the sneakers have been delivered for so-and-so and 9 out of 10 times the student will come to get them.

8.  The 1 out of 10 student who forgot to come to the office to get their sneakers will not have sneakers for their after school activity and the office staff will be reprimanded for not delivering the sneakers by the parent that took time from their job to bring the sneakers to the school when their distraught child called.

It's the middle of May - we had five students in one day last week and three already this morning that have needed to call for "sneakers."  Not to mention the ones that forgot their projects, lunches, etc.  (We do not allow them to call for instruments, however, there are some teachers that allow the students to call from the classroom which totally defeats the purpose of not interrupting the office staff as each one of the deliveries warrants a doorbell being answered and a phone call being made to the classroom.)

My conclusion - there are little or no consequences for the student who forgets their sneakers and many for the office staff.  

I raised two children - they are 29 and 31 and have no ill effects from forgetting things and not having them delivered to school.  They may have had to sit out a gym class, sat on the bench during recess or were sent to work room.  They might have even been marked down a grade, depending upon the grade and the teacher.  BUT, they are more responsible for having borne the consequences of their forgetfulness themselves.

So please reconsider letting your students call home for whatever it is that they have forgotten - unless it's lunch, we don't want them to go hungry.

You may think that it's only one interruption but it never is.

(e-mail to staff)


Sabrina said...

Yep - a think a lot of us, including me sometimes probably, are guilty of thinking that just one person doing something doesn't matter, but twenty "just ones" add up to twenty.
Reading this brought back memories of the time I was in first year in secondary school (age 11, 12, after we leave junior/primary school). I'd forgotten the ingredients for cookery class (we had a really early start as we lived a long way from the school), and the teacher was going to make me sit it out. But I was the only one in the whole class who knew the recipe :D, so I was allowed to work with someone else in the end.

Clare said...

Interruptions . . . unfortunately a big part of the work day.