Research has been shown that there is an indirect relation between absent rates and student dropouts. The reason behind the increase in absent rates is due to a lack of educational progress.
There should be a deeper understanding of this problem. Effective strategies are increasing but not definitive.
Also, the educational institutes have to be engaged in certain activities to make students’ life more interesting. An important key to academic success is to attend classes regularly. For this very reason, attendance is made compulsory in many educational institutions or webinars.
Here are tips to improve student attendance
Track absences in real-time. Making an attendance sheet or a biometric attendance system helps the teachers to track the ones who are absent. Also, there should be marks on attendance, so that nobody takes it lightly.
Connect with students. Encourage students to attend more classes through messages, emails, etc. Also, make use of the students who are lazy and often absent. Give them some responsibility and keep them engaged in certain activities.
Good curriculum. The curriculum should not be too vast and boring. Make sure it has connections to real-life scenarios. Also attributes that can generate skills and improve collaborative learning to ensure good academic performances.
Personalized learning. There are students who don’t work hard in classrooms, they are often lazy when some tasks are given knowing that they can solve the task. For those students personalized boosting is necessary using digital learning skills to help the student grow more interested in a certain field of study.
Effective timetable scheduling. The Timetable should be made with many things in mind. There should not be long hours of classes without a few minutes of break. It makes the mind dull and often the brain doesn’t function properly due to long hours of classes.
Online tests and quizzes. It helps the students to improve their knowledge, skills, and self-confidence. This could be referred to as an online assessment which is actually fun.
Feedback. It is necessary for the teachers and the institutions to get feedback. This helps the teachers to improve and plan how to make the classes more interesting and interactive.
Interaction. Institutions that make interesting interactions with the students through emails, chats, the discussion makes it easier for students to work. Also, students who are absent often might have some personal issues.
Rewards for positive behavior. There should be a reward for good conduct in every educational institution. One who possesses positive behavior should also be rewarded.
Parent involvement. Parents should be informed about grades, absences. They can create an impact in your life by solving the problems. A student should be true to their parents otherwise complications can be neglected.
Cultural Programs and functions. It should be held regularly, to increase the interest of the students. By making them showcase their skills and talents and engaging them in various functions. It also helps to improve the attendance of the students.
NCC and NSS. It adds a different value to your life. Being a member of NCC and NSS makes a student disciplined. This in turn would help students to attend regular schools or colleges and enhance their attendance.
Regular PTM. Institutions should plan regular PTM so that parents are informed about their wards. These meetings help them be informed about their wards achievements and failures.
Artistic Subjects. By including artistic subjects it can make the students see the creative side of their character and would help them with their attendance. It can enhance the student’s perspective of education and also help them grow their personality.
Enhancing Teaching mechanism. Subjects should be made more interesting by making interactive sessions. If interactions increase then students would engage themselves in more classes.
Develop a friendly atmosphere. The faculty should try to establish a friendly atmosphere to attract students. This would also help the students who are irregular, also their academic performances will be enhanced due to this friendly atmosphere.
Focus on the most essential behaviors. There should be certain behaviors that create a positive environment. It should be nurtured, supported, and welcomed as it is a part of school culture.
Promote equity. Each and every student should be accepted no matter where their background is from. The main concern should be professional development and also leadership qualities, ongoing practices that students face during their coursework.
Develop community partners. The more students will be absent from school or colleges the less they will learn. There should be a community that deals with the problems of being absent and how to improve them.
Collect and act on real-time data. Having a lobby to manage behavior in school can be a win-win situation, as it can regularly check the behaviors of the student and interactions they make with other people.
Prepare learning contracts at the beginning of the semester. These contracts can be a part of their syllabus so that they can be graded accordingly. In this way, they can know that attendance is also a part of the calculation.
Give unannounced quizzes. This helps students to be prepared for classes and also helps them understand the subject deeply.
Provide handouts in class, not on the course website. If handouts are given in class then students would have to attend the classes and come to school or colleges. If it would be uploaded online they would have an excuse for skipping classes.
Keep the morale high. You need to grab a student’s attention by knowing their name properly. Make the study materials related to real life. Make the classroom a community of mutual respect for each one present.
Overcoming barriers to attendance. The reasons why there can be absenteeism are poor health, mental problems, instability at home. So, teachers should be supportive enough to make sure to know the problem behind being absent.
Create opinion polls to gain valuable information quickly. People love to share their opinions. So, being a teacher you could make a poll to get each of their opinions. Also for better results, keep the questions less than ten so that they don’t become lethargic in writing the answers.
Requesting online reviews and testimonials. After the online classes make sure to send back a thanking message to the students for participating. There may be suggestions on how to make the class more attractive for the students in the future.
Inspiration. Keep the students motivated, after each live session. Also, make sure that students engage in each live session that takes place. Keep them inspired and focused. Make sure to text them and if your texts are meaningful and sincere then you will definitely be valued.
Host an online kick-off event to get sign-ups. This is majorly for the courses related to non-academics. Host it free and also make sure students participate in the events. Be enthusiastic as a host.
Create FAQs to address any issues people may have faced. There can be many reasons why people don’t attend online classes. To create a page called FAQs so that issues can be looked at by people. Also, make it free so that everybody can get access to it.
Create a countdown clock till enrollment opens or class starts. Generating enthusiasm is important for the students. So, you can make countdown clocks to generate messages prior to certain classes.
Use keywords for a text marketing campaign. Also, make use of text to make people sign up for certain projects or fields. Make posters, flyers on websites or on social media platforms. By doing this potential students might gather the strength to enhance their skills and their professional careers.
Make and upload on any social media platform. Social media makes it a powerful platform to encourage the students and to share your message. This encourages quality over quantity. Also, make sure to state the reason behind why students should be attending the classes.
Share on social media platforms. As shared in social media spreads the messages very fast. It helps to spread the message to a wide audience. Create a page of learning along with the class details.
Build subscribers list. Encourage the students to join the page on the social media platform. Gathering information allows us to reach out about current classes and any other offers in near future.
Collect contact information from students. Those who don’t attend the classes make sure as a teacher you should contact them and encourage them more often. By doing this students also feel like they are wanted and respected.
Profiling. Peer pressure always leaves a mark on one’s personality. So, teachers often form a group and the group member records the absentees so that the teachers can ensure them in closed quarters.
Holding the flag. By giving flags to the class who has less number of absentees. It could be an interesting act, in order to make students come to school and colleges.
Attendance cards. It motivates the students to be present in school every day. Every morning when the student comes to school he/she turns their card green, in this manner, they are marked to be present.
Whistle and walk. Less conscious people and poor people who lack education, their children could not attend the classes. But a dedicated teacher can make a remarkable change in their lives by sorting some groups according to residences. So, that the leaders of a group can whistle in front of their group members’ house.
Being responsible. If you are present for your classes it shows that you are responsible enough. The teacher insists their students be regular for classes, in case they are absent they need to write a note for why they were absent.
Establish clear expectations about their attendance. Make sure everyone is clear about attendance from day one of their school or college. Also, enlighten the importance of attendance in the syllabus and also measures taken for being lazy.
Benefits and costs of attending classes. By attending classes, students gain grades and also increase their academic performances. The cost of not attending classes as they will lose valuable information, chances to find out how well they understand the subject matter.
Social anxiety. It is very important to take serious care when it comes to mental peace. Facing mental traumas in childhood can affect the growth in adulthood.
Bullying. This is the root cause of being absent. This not only makes the children’s morale down but also disrupts the urge to study. During school life, this should be taken very seriously, then one cannot grow properly and healthy.
Poor performances. This can be a reason for being absent, as both are interlinked. If you are absent you will not score good results and also if you perform poorly in your studies this shows that you were not regular in classes.
Maintain a routine. Make a realistic routine so that it does not hamper your child’s studies and also make sure that he/she is regular in school or college.
Scheduling appointments for your child outside of school hours where possible. Make sure your child’s appointment should not be within the school hours then they would end up being absent and this could hamper their studies.
Giving your child a positive view of the school. Make sure that you imbibe good and positive thoughts about your child’s school. So that your child does not hesitate to go to school rather than ending up being absent or making excuses.
Make a plan. As planned all the necessary things required for school during the night in order to avoid a stressful rush in the morning, which later end up being late or absent.
Setting an alarm. Setting the alarm on time is a necessity. This helps you to be on time and also things go smoothly and calmly.
Make your homework on time. Doing your homework prior to the day of going to school can be helpful. If you try to do that early in the morning that could increase stress and would lead to either being late or being absent.
Participating in your child’s education. Parents should be a huge part of their child’s education. By keeping in touch with their school teachers and also attending special events or programs. When they see that their education is important to you then automatically it becomes important to them as well.
Teaches children important life habits. They become dependent on themself as well as responsible. They look at things differently and get to know the consequence of being absent. They become mature enough to distinguish what has to be done and not have to be done.
Interruption. Children who come late or absent interrupts other children’s flow of studying as everything has to be repeated for them and for those who were present in the last class it becomes a repetitive class. This leads to a waste of time for the sincere ones.
Happy and confident. Coming to school every day keeps the children happy, contended and increases social confidence.
A gap in learning. Being absent creates a gap in learning which affects a child’s self-esteem and confidence. The missing school requires additional help and time which can be missed by your child from playing and socially active.
A negative effect. Frequent absence can have a negative effect on your child’s achievements. This could lead to frustration and inappropriate behavior. Statistics show that being absent leads to dropping out, failing in graduation, youth crime, and also unemployment.
By-law. Students at the age of 6-18, by law, should attend school regularly. Parents or guardians should legally ensure that their children attend school regularly.
Do Not make your child spoilt. Resist from your child pleading and coaxing about staying at home. If this happens often ask them why they want to stay at home. If your child approaches you with problem rewarding school subjects then quickly try to give more importance to that subject matter or if the problem is off school then kindly go to their school and talk to their teachers to solve the problem.
Issues regarding student engagement and absence are complex and there are no simple solutions to that. Calling a child “truant” would take us to nowhere also ignoring the underlying problems of not coming to school. Also, it is often told that keeping a child for six hours where they don’t want to stay is an ultimate failure. Also, everyone is concerned about their child’s well-being and it needs to be involved in finding solutions, looking into the matter from a different perspective. For that, we need to be committed to the work imposed on us. Every system has its drawbacks. Systematic solutions will originate from the teachers, administrators who understand the system and its importance in supporting, engaging, challenging, significant relationships.
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