Students in my first class came up with this list:
- Keep them after school/at recess to compensate for Mrs. G's time
- Have them do clerical work for Mrs. G.
- They can't take a retake next time (some said this could occur after multiple offenses)
- Write retake time on a sticky note and put it on desk or on accordion folder
- Mrs. G chooses/assigns retake times
- Write an appology letter for not showing up
- Reward those who come
- Start a student-led retake punishment committee
The second class came up with this list:
- If you don't show up, you can't take a retake the next time (or forever)
- Detention for 30 min. or working with the janitor for 1 hour
- Come in the next day
- Post a schedule in my room and the other 6th grade teacher's room
- Reschedule if you can't make it
- Remind yourself with a sticky note (and a discussion occured as to the various places you could put the sticky note, including their forehead)
- Write it down in your planner
- No show = no recess for 1 week
- Post a reminder in your locker
- Take points off
- Give them lots of homework
- Help the teacher (to make up for her time)
- Put the no show students' names on the morning announcements for embarassment
- Write an "I'm sorry" letter
- Write "I'm sorry" repeatedly
Overall, I don't think the students or I really came to a conclusion as to any punishment for not showing up. In both classes, they came to realize that any punishment would result in even more of my time being wasted. Also, we discussed how taking points off (2nd class's idea) doesn't go along with my s-b grading at all.
In both classes, we discussed how it all comes down to effort and responsibility. I told them that my brother, a high school math teacher (Matt Townsley), questioned if 6th graders were really responsible/capable enough to handle the retakes system. Both classes said they were. They said if people are showing up, it shows that anyone can be capable of showing up.
I ended the conversation with saying that I hope the next time they sign up for a retake, they keep this conversation in mind. Even though the 2nd class said posting a schedule would take up my time, I still might consider doing it to see if it helps at all. But, if they write it down in their planners and don't look at those, will they look at a schedule?