End of the Year Discouragement

I was quickly trying to update all my student’s grades before I came home for our much needed early release and short break. I noticed that I have so many students failing and it is already the second week of the Six Weeks. I know that every year when we get to the last six weeks it starts becoming more and more apparent just how done these students have become. I know we are all tired and that no one really wants to produce work, but it kills me that they think it is okay to just shut down when we still have five weeks of school left. I was listening to a few of my students today and they were complaining about having tests the last day of school. They whine so much about the littlest things. I don’t remember a year from 7th grade through 12th grade that we didn’t have finals the last couple of days of school. It’s not like it makes sense to come to school after you’ve finished everything.  I know from a teacher’s perspective that there is nothing worse than having to babysit students after they have taken your final. One year at my first district they tried to have this really cool field day the last day of school. We took all our finals the few days before and the students were all supposed to be able to play all day on the last day. Then of course it rained almost like a monsoon and the even got canceled. The kids still had to be at school though so teachers had to babysit students all day long. Needless to say, our school never tried anything like that again. My students are upset they are having tests but I am more upset that we don’t have early release the last day so that teachers have time to grade. This will be the first time that I’ve worked at a school that goes the full school day on the last day of school.

Today I am just thankful that I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday. I will worry about my grades next week because my students aren’t going to ruin the time I have with my family.

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