Gotta go back

22 Jan

So today was a great day off.  Slept in, went to the gym, got together with friends to see a movie, a little shopping, and now back to my reality:  laundry and work for tomorrow.  I gotta go back to work tomorrow.

I am making a new seating chart for my classes.  My students (God love them) are getting pretty antsy.  I am a little disouraged trying to balance my responsibility as a teacher with my students’ responsibility.  I do think it is my responsibility to produce engaging lessons that will inspire and motivate my students to want to learn.  But the bottom line is, I can work my butt off to create lessons that will inspire learning, but the kids still have to do the work.  And some of them just aren’t doing it.  So, where do I let go of the responsibility on my shoulders and not beat myself up when I have failing students and let the kids take their own responsibility for their grades?

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3 Responses to “Gotta go back”

  1. heidit76 January 22, 2008 at 6:13 p01 #

    I am currently struggling with a similar situation. I can’t motivate them to want to learn. Then I feel like a failure.

  2. Hilary February 1, 2008 at 6:13 p02 #

    I think all teacher’s struggle with this (I know I do). What we all need to keep in mind is the small successes. We can make ourselves crazy worrying over the failures. Think about where they are today verses where they were in the beginning of the year. They’ve all learned something. Also, you’ve provided them with a safe place to come and learn. That’s huge. For some of our students, our classrooms are the only place where are students feel safe and respected.
    P.S. Chris Biffle has some amazing strategies for student engagement. He offers free seminars at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa. Here is the website.
    http://homepage.mac.com/chrisbiffle/Menu38.html

  3. bogiegirl February 1, 2008 at 6:13 p02 #

    I’ve been to a Chris Biffle seminar for Power Teaching. I learned a ton. I’d like to go to another. Thanks for the reminder ad encouragement.

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