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Should I Take Attendance?

Should I Take Attendance?

Trying to make a decision about taking attendance can quickly generate more questions than answers. We discuss how to make effective attendance decisions that do not result in creating a negative perception of you as a teacher. Explore giving students a reason to come to class rather than forcing them to attend and learn different techniques for taking attendance that won’t be viewed negatively by students.

Making Effective Attendance Decisions

When you try to decide about taking attendance you can quickly generate more questions than answers.

  • How do you decide on what kind of policy to adopt?
  • Should the attendance of your students be a factor in grading?
  • And how do you implement taking attendance without creating the perception of having become a truancy officer?

In this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, Ike Shibley, Ph.D., helps you make effective attendance decisions that do not result in creating a negative perception of you as a teacher.

During this professional development program, you will:

  • Consider key questions you need to address in making decisions about taking attendance.
  • Explore giving your students a reason to come to class rather than forcing them to attend as a result of draconian attendance policies.
  • Learn different techniques you can use for taking attendance that won’t be viewed negatively by students.

The classroom management program also includes supplemental materials:

  • Checklists for attendance benefits
  • Questions for reflection
  • Techniques to be used
  • Recommended resources

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • Be able to implement creative ways to take attendance without having an attendance policy.
  • Understand how to place attendance points in the context of course grading policy.
  • Be able to examine goals for each course to determine if attendance should be part of a grading policy.

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