So said one of my tenth graders this lovely morning.
"I'm so sick of world history. Of history. I want to live my life in the present, not keep looking at HISTORY."
I'm learning what he meant when my principal said this is the most difficult part of the year. I got so frustrated at one of my classes today because I worked SO HARD to come up with a lesson design different than what I've been doing all year; something that'd be really interactive. I spent a few hours making that one lesson. and they just sat there with blank stares on their faces like I was speaking in a different language. and they don't want to work hard. and I never give them homework because I expect them to work hard in class. So when they don't work hard in class, that goes out the window. It's May. I don't want to have to start assigning homework.
I'm trying to do fun (or what they used to think was fun), interesting things..... but when it's 70 degrees outside, it's getting more and more difficult. Not that I'm complaining about the temperature... just the attitudes that go with it...
12.5 days of school, one full exam day, two half-days for exams. That's all. Shouldn't be that difficult, right?