This post is devoted to teachers who are nearing first quarter completion:
As we madly try to stuff in more knowledge into the
unwilling minds of students, it’s important to pause and reflect on what education is all about. If only I could get my students to realize these astute observations:
- Poetry is not useless–do they not realize all that music cascading into their brain is poetry?
- Spulling mahters–just ask the person hiring from what job applications reveal
- The classroom is not an extension of the cafeteria–socializing and eating in class may seem like a good idea–but really? Nope.
- Bringing a charged laptop, the right folder, pen, paper, textbook actually does help in the learning process.
- I do see everything. Texting, writing notes, whispering, sleeping.
- Turning in something is better than nothing. Half points on a late assignment beats out a zero.
- I believe they can do better. And I will keep after them until they believe the same.
UPDATE: I did survive quarter one grading rush and I’m gearing up for the second night of parent teacher conferences. Onward to second quarter, which means first semester closing to open up second semester which means countdown to summer.
Have I mentioned how difficult it’s been teaching while recovering from a broken wrist?