They shut off their brains today

13 Nov

After a 4 day weekend, I felt like my students had shut off their brains.  I am a little nervous because they had a test tomorrow and they acted like I had never taught them how to find the volume of an irregularly shaped object!!! (you put it in water and see how much the water level raises).  We did 3 labs on it, worksheets, hand-motions, discussions… every teacher trick in the book and today they were giving me blank stares. 

Today was one of those days when you leave work thinking, “What the crap am I doing here?”

Relate?  Anyone?

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6 Responses to “They shut off their brains today”

  1. Brandi November 13, 2008 at 6:13 p11 #

    Oh, please. As a parent I feel like that fifteen times a day.

    Just know that they retain at least a little of what they seem to, regardless of their response. 🙂

  2. David November 13, 2008 at 6:13 p11 #

    As a teacher, I understand completely! They look at me like I’m trying to sell them a bag of rocks.

  3. amfunches November 13, 2008 at 6:13 p11 #

    Can’t relate! I am greatful for the ladies that teach my kids cause I dont have the patience for it! What grade do you teach?

  4. bogiegirl November 13, 2008 at 6:13 p11 #

    8th grade. Its a calling.

  5. Cristine November 13, 2008 at 6:13 p11 #

    I am there with you Becca! I went over a worksheet with my students on pronouns (we have spent 2 1/2 weeks on this! Like you we have done WSs, motions, games) and it was so frustrating! They answered every other kind of pronoun except the correct one.

  6. Cristine November 13, 2008 at 6:13 p11 #

    Oh and these were sophomores!

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