Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Head Count
AP classes. No seating chart. I really, really hate calling out the roll.
But AP classes. Surely they were all present.
Period 1. 24 on the roll. A quick head count and... 21 students in class. Noooo!
Period 2 was missing 1. Period 3, 2. Period 4, 1.
But AP classes. So, surely a simple "who's absent?" would yield results. (It's worked for me in the past.) No?
Oh, come on, guys! All I have to do is say, "Who's absent?" and somebody rattles off a couple names.
Not this day. I had to read all 34 names to find the one absent in period 2. (And I have to do the whole list or the students at the end of the alphabet start hounding me--"But you didn't call my name. I'm here." Yes, I know.)
Yes, it's cheating. I'm supposed to call roll. I must take accurate attendance. But you should see some of these names. (I'd share them with you, but they're minors, and I never name them here. Any names I use on the blog are changed from their actual names.) If the vowel sound can go two ways, I invariably pick the wrong one. And when I encounter that kid again, I usually use the incorrect version, even when the kid's informed me of how his/her name is pronounced.
So, I avoid calling out the roll whenever possible. Seating charts are wonderful.
I was so grateful that 5th period had all 29 students present.