The seventh graders tell me there are 14 more days of school.
Our "torturous" plans? Reading The Outsiders at their own pace, bringing six ideas or questions to discuss with their book club groups. The best way to end the school year in ELA - no fabricated worksheets, posters, dioramas, whole-class discussions...
And yet... here is a snippet of my day today... (I'll be using "they/them/their" instead of "he/she.")
I just received an email from a student asking me if I'd looked at their revisions. Hmm... Since I'm not a mind reader, no. I did not know he revised. I never saw his name on the clipboard, and he never told me in person. So... I went to his document to check the revision history. There have been no revisions since May 1st. That revision on May 1st? MINE. I left him video feedback to show him how he could improve his writing. So... I left him more video feedback, basically asking him to not waste time for both of us. I replied to his email with this new link, copying his parent.
I had to give a short lecture today with my last class about how I need to make more decisions to help them learn (I made the seating arrangement), since they are not making good decisions themselves. They were mad at me, but they worked much better today than yesterday.
One student does not work. In any class. This student has the countdown on their assignment notebook and announces it each day. Won't even listen to The Outsiders on audio. Won't give it a chance. Has every excuse in the book to not work.
During our 4-min break in my block class, I have to keep an eye on one student so they don't sneak food or candy to friends and/or throw another pencil into the ceiling. This may mean leaving the classroom where there are other students I don't even know visiting friends. Which can cause more trouble? I'm not sure.
I've been showing book trailers for a week now - right before independent reading. One student today, after watching one for The Final Four by Volponi, asks, "Is this true?" Peers told them that it's a book trailer, and that we've been watching them for a week now.
Yet I keep coming back for more... for these students...
One student left the class a present - sticky notes - and put them on the student station for all to use!
One student happily moved over the magnets for the new "check in" for the day that Mrs. Rehberger set up for our co-taught class.
One student thanked me for creating the seating chart for my last class.
One student said they'll miss me when summer comes.
One student revised their writing and let me know - this student just keeps plugging along!
I learned how to create a password-protected Google form, and one student thought I was a genius!
One student - who struggles so much to understand when they read - is tackling The Outsiders.
One student made our question of the day - last-minute - "Yanny or Laurel?" **
Fourteen more days to make a difference. I'll search for opportunities.
The new lilacs that were planted by the back entrance/exit are blooming, and they smell beautiful.
**Yanny or Laurel debate - I hear "Yanny." Hubby hears "Laurel." Crazy, folks. Just crazy.