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Teaching Highschool Seniors

2015-02-05 20:45:40 by Seasons

Not that anybody cares, but I've finished restoring this old poster I inherited a few days ago.

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Here's the final product, framed and hanged --->

 

In other news, I've been going crazy at work. My two senior classes have completely lost all motivation to apply themselves, and it's starting to get to me. I'm being hypocritical, as I was the same way when I was a senior in high school, but at least I had the decency to not even show up at all. These kids just show up and stare at their phones all class, then shrug when I ask them to do their work. I've always been a relaxed teacher, which worked out great for the first half of the school year, but now it's working against. I don't take away cellphones because my philosophy is that if I can't keep you interested enough to put them down, then that's my fault. But now I'm having trouble accepting all of the blame. They're only a few months from graduating, so I feel like no matter how interesting my material is, they're just not going to tune in.

I recently put together a great unit that involves analyzing current events and the different ways through which they were reported by the media. I weaved in some creative writing prompts, adding plenty of opportunity for them to voice their opinions, but they still just don't care.

Other teachers in my department are having similiar problems, but not necessarily to the same degree. It's my first real year of teaching, so I guess there's the fact that I'm still starting out and have plenty of room for improvement, but I'm just not sure what I can do to reach these kids that I have now. I don't want to just shrug it off and say, "Oh well, it's my first year. I'll do better next time."

Tomorrow, I'm going to attempt to blow their minds by completely throwing out the unit and discarding the final assignment they've been dreading (even though it's hardly any work and is actually a pretty fun assignment). I worked hard on the unit, but I'm willing to recognize that it's turned out to be a failure. They just don't care about it, and they're not doing the work. Instead, I'll have them write a few paragraphs about what they want to do for the rest of the school year. My kids (I hate wording it that way, but whatever) are usually pretty good at not taking advantage of this type of stuff, so I'm hoping to get some serious feedback and not just a bunch of joke responses like, "Let's just watch movies for the next three months."

If they want to study some poetry, cool. Short stories? Word. An epic? Let's do it. Hell, I'll even risk getting fired and bring in some Hunter S. Thompson if it'll get their attention. (Side note: principals and school boards do NOT like English teachers preaching gonzo journalism in their classrooms)

Hopefully this will work...

If anybody reading this happens to be a high school senior, please explain to me why you're so angsty.

 

 


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