Too Little, Too Late

Today, in our 6th grade team meeting, as I was being booed by a colleague because I opted not to partake in Friday’s pep rally events, I made a vow to myself that I wouldn’t be so concerned with the upcoming exams and not mention it to my students until maybe next year.

I’m tired of this last minute push to get the kids ready. The way I figure, we’re four days away; they either know it or they don’t. There really isn’t much that I can do now. It really upsets me that it’s now that we’re getting help from up above about it. Never mind that some of this kids haven’t turned in work and when sent to the office returned with a warning or a day’s worth of after school detention, or that when they were assigned to in school suspension and work returned undone, no one was reprimanded.

On the mock exams, my students had 87% and quite a big being commended. I told them that my goal is 100% passing rate and hope they’re on board because there’s no way the 7th or 8th graders should enjoy a day of swimming the last day of school.

Easter break was good. I spent a lot of it fighting with the computer trying to get my internet to work and watching movies. I saw The Departed, which I didn’t think was that great. I also tried to watch The Good Shepherd, but was unable to maintain the attention span. At the theatre, I saw Blades of Glory, which wasn’t as funny as I imagined, and Grindhouse, which was, by far, the best movie I saw all weekend.

As time marches on, I can’t wait for summer vacation. I know that after a couple of weeks, I’ll wish school to be back in session, especially since this summer is longer than usual; but it’ll be nice when I wake up wanting to go to the beach or stay in bed all day and be able to do it.


Efrain said...

You have plans for the summer? Going to work anywhere? Just curious...

My girlfriend also works in a school and she has her summers off as well. I want her to work because she can get as lazy as a cat F-A-S-T. She's not too motivated, but she's going to. I told her to look at it as an opportunity to learn something new and pull in some extra cash as well.

La Brown Girl said...

I'm going to give the writing another stab. I will be working three days grading Pre-AP essays. I'll porbably do some staff development as well. But I'm not interested in summer school or getting another job. I think I want to relax. In many ways, this year has been much more challenging than the last. I suppose it's because now I'm aware of so much more.

Next time you're around, let me know. An excellent seafood place around here is called Tampico off 45 and airport.