I’m in need of any advice you might have about how to make the second year in the same grade a really effective experience for retained students. If you’ve seen anything work well, or have a great idea that you think should be tried, or saw something that doesn’t work and I shouldn’t try, I’d love to hear it. Please leave a comment here or email [email protected] .
Long story short, I’m generally not a believer in retaining middle school students and I’ve done my best to try to change my school’s current policy. My boss indulged me in debate and heard me out respectfully, but in the end we still disagree on all the key points. Of course, my boss was smart enough to say, “If you’re so concerned about this being bad for children, you’re welcome to design a plan we’ll use to support our retained kids and make it more beneficial.” Sneaky boss. I get suckered into everything.