Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"I'm so sick of world history right now"

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?


Megan Lorraine said...

Hang in there Karen! Less than two weeks and your home free for the summer! Then you can look back and say I did it! I made it through my first year. :)

Anonymous said...

This is the hardest time of the year...try not to take it too personally. Remember when we were in high school; we were the same way unfortunately! I always tried to plan slightly more "independent-minded" lesson plans for the month of May (bigger projects, group work, etc.) That way the it's up to the students to be working on it even if they are gone for track, golf, or random other "spring" stuff. ;)

Hang in there!