My blogs have been a bit down as of late. I’ll need to work on that this summer, because the title pretty much gives this away.
We’ll work backwards from today to last Fridayish with the disappointments:
- This one is professional. Our last project was writing position paper, and it’s an end of the year project that just hasn’t worked the way I wanted. Not enough time, no examples because I didn’t teach this last year, and a general grumbling from my students have made this hard. It’s come to a head today as students are reading some of their papers. The problem isn’t that the papers aren’t good. I’m surprised how much passion are in them and how they worked to find facts to back up their claims. The problem is our classroom is a slice of what our country is. We can’t just disagree, we have to bring the other person down, asking questions that are snippy or giving answers that are curt and borderline rude. We’ve stopped class a couple of times to redirect students, and for one class, I’m not sure if they’ll continue to read papers or not. Civil discourse is not that civil in our country, when corrected, my students are almost offended that they can’t continue to interrupt and be rude, just like they see on T.V.
- My daughter came home this weekend, and spent very little time with us. Now, as a parent, I want her to be independent, but yet, I want to her to know that it offends me when she tells us one thing, then texts, telling us she’s doing something else. She’s going to be a part from her boyfriend for a while with the coop, then he’s going somewhere and their time together will be slim. Yet, hold to your word and be respectful of your parents.
- Just the general rudeness that goes on in our hallway. We’ve tried and tried to instill a “you don’t have to be friends, but you need to be respectful” kind of attitude, but between the position papers, kids wanting their late work off our grading list RIGHT NOW even though it’s two weeks late being turned in, the reflection blogs I had kids write, it’s all a big drag.
So, we’ll just keep on keeping on, slap on a happy face, and just keep swimming the last three and a half days.
What else is there?
May 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm
Those are all big disappointments. Hopefully that’s it, 3 1/2 days will fly by and summer will be a refreshing, relaxing, recuperating time.
May 30, 2017 at 1:59 pm
Thanks! This May has been a bit more trying than most. Just trying to scrape by at this point! 🙂
May 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm
All big disappointments! I sometimes get caught at the end of the year wondering if I have made an difference at all. It’s disheartening. Hopefully you’ll feel better about it by Monday afternoon, after a big sleep-in!
June 13, 2017 at 9:03 am
I haven’t had the “big sleep in day” yet, because my wife needs to be on the road by 7:20, but I have had my first afternoon nap yesterday! Does that count? 🙂
May 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm
Maybe have them (or you) do a reflective writing piece on what went right. I hope things start looking brighter.
June 13, 2017 at 9:01 am
Hey, it’s June 12th, the sun is out, and I need to get into my garden! There’s a lot to be positive about, both with this class and life in general! 🙂
May 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm
I can understand why you’re feeling disappointed. Try to focus on the positives you mentioned: passion in the papers, careful research to back up their claims, etc. Those are certainly worthy of celebration! Good luck with the last week! (We still have four weeks to go!)
June 13, 2017 at 9:00 am
We certainly tried, and there are positives from the school year. It’s hard in the heat of the moment, but hopefully, they’ll be successful next year! 🙂
May 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm
I think the final weeks are always a letdown, as best I can remember now that I’m retired. Everyone is exhausted…teachers and students. Even the teachers can begin to become uncivil with each other. I’d make an appeal to their “better selves” and explain how all their negativity is having a serious impact on you. Maybe they could then get into a discussion with you in person or in their reflections about what went well for them this year in your classroom. I am sure you HAVE made a difference in their lives this year. They just need time to realize it. This, too, shall pass.
June 13, 2017 at 9:00 am
“This, too, shall pass.”
That’s my attitude right now. I had this group twice, so while I see the growth they’ve made, I see how little they’ve grown in other areas, and that’s my frustration. But, they are moving on and I hope to see great things from them! 🙂
May 30, 2017 at 9:47 pm
reflect; process; keep on
sorry, I’m a #4wordstories mode for another conversation — #DigCiz, a variant on digital citizenship
Here’s an http://worldliterate.miazamoraphd.com/digciz/digciz-summer-2017-conversations-starting-this-week-join-us/
June 13, 2017 at 8:58 am
Pretty much! I appreciate what you wrote there, because that’s the mode I’m in right now! 🙂
May 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm
I really liked this post as a last-minute re -set: http://afhogan.com/make-a-difference/