Not So Absent Minded

, , | Learning | March 6, 2018

(As an English as a Second Language teacher, sometimes I run into differences in academic culture, not just in language. This is a composite of conversations my fellow teachers and I have had time and time again:)

Student: “Miss, why do I have so many absences?”

Teacher: “You missed the first week of class, which gave you five absences.”

Student: “But, Miss, I was with my family in Dubai.”

Teacher: “That means you’re absent; you weren’t in school.”

Student: “How can I be absent? I wasn’t even in the country.”

Teacher: “You were absent because you weren’t in my class.”

Student: “But I don’t want to be absent.”

Teacher: *bangs head on desk*

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