How not to bake: A lesson in paying attention

College & Career Readiness | 09/27/2018

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Manager, Stand for Children Washington

It’s Attendance Awareness Month, and I’m thinking about baking.

Have you ever baked a batch of cookies that didn’t turn out right, but you couldn’t figure out why?

A few holidays ago, I tried to make my mom’s favorite cookies, but for some reason, they came out tasting funny. I baked another batch from the dough and had the same results. It was frustrating and disappointing because I had followed the recipe exactly and I was doing everything right!

Except…it turned out that I hadn’t been doing everything right. My confidence in my baking skills had let me overlook a fundamentally rookie mistake: I had been using baking soda instead of baking powder.

Although I was upset (and cookie-less), I learned an important lesson: pay attention to the basics.

In the education world, September is when we celebrate and focus on one of the most basic ingredients for student success: attendance.

It’s not controversial to call attention to student attendance, but the reason we take time to remind ourselves of its importance is to reinforce the same lesson I learned while baking cookies: pay attention to the basics.

For students who aren’t in school, poor attendance can throw everything else off. If it goes on long enough, it can mean they don’t graduate on time, which has lifelong implications. Paying attention to attendance now is critically important because a student’s education isn’t something we can throw out and start over on.

Read more about the importance of attendance in our latest blog series celebrating Attendance Awareness Month. 

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