“80 percent of success is showing up.”
This quote, often attributed to filmmaker Woody Allen, is a reminder of how important attendance is. We cannot educate students that don’t come to school. Walking through the front door every day is, literally, the first step toward success.
While attendance is a simple, yet profound indicator of student engagement, and a simple, yet profound predictor of student achievement, it is often overlooked.
Take time to reflect on student attendance today.
– Do you foster an environment that makes students want to come to school?
– Do you monitor and follow up to find out why students are not attending?
– When you discover issues that are hindering student attendance, do you address them, or do you place blame on the student who is not showing up?