Posted by aphillieteacher on November 29, 2009
It’s Sunday and I dread the 5 hours of prepping that lie ahead of me.
Every week I prep, research, scan, print and plan for my classes. Every day, every period, they throw it back in my face. Loud talking, disrespect, non-attention.
Regardless of my efforts to “transition smoothly” and let students know what is expected, they’ve written me off. As soon as I begin to speak they turn off and play the day away. I’ve never approved of busy-work and worksheets, but it seems that is all that this group can relate to.
Discuss? not likely. “Here’s the worksheet. You have 20 minutes to complete it. I will come around to see how you’re doing.” That’s what works with them. That is, if they actually have something to write with.
Post the PSSA essay three days in a row, explain in detail what is being asked, give them notes to draw on then assign it for homework.
Result? 5 kids out of 28 turn something in the next day.
Quality? two excellent, 3 mediocre. The rest are zeroes right up until grade time. Then they rush to complete work they should have done and are shocked – shocked! – to discover they will receive a lower grade for lateness.
I’ve become bitter.