Today we were given a reminder about attendance issues in our school, specifically students out in the hallway without passes, we should restrict students from leaving the room at all, we should implement sign-out sheets for our rooms, and we should generally be suspicious of kids leaving rooms and visiting other classrooms. I can't say I disagree with any of this. Most of this is stuff we should be/were doing anyway...and yet as I think about it, most students are offended. I had several students today complain about needing to sign out of a class just to use the bathroom for a few minutes. Some, I'm sure, after starting to feel more like an "adult" are starting to feel less respected as a result of the crackdown on the rules. I don't know that I disagree with them either.
So what do we do? How do you appeal to the middle (not the fringes) and yet also account for a few bad apples?