Attendance is a huge issue. It always is. But when you are teaching 4 students instead of 25, when one or two are gone, suddenly, you are talking half the class missing out instead of a small percentage. I struggle to find the balance between waiting for them to all be there, and just moving on and getting the content covered. (ICK... did I just say content covered??)
We've been working on fractions and decimals - translating from one to the other - for over a week now. I've done everything I know to do with them to help them understand the concepts. They are still struggling though, with even the simplest (forget the more complex...) problems. The basic understanding that 1/10 and 0.1 are the same thing. The basic concept that 2.5 = 2 1/2. We have drawn pictures, learned the process, taken notes, worked on whiteboards as a group, worked independently. Started over. Started over. Started over. I am frustrated. They are tired and really don't care anymore.
Do I just move on? Or do I back up and beat that dead horse one more time?