I’m taking my first sick day today. It sucks, but unlike when I had to miss a day to do data training with the district, I don’t have enough energy to be worried about my kids. There’s stuff in the sub folder, the lesson plan/agenda is up on the board. If things go crazy, it wasn’t because I didn’t prep them enough. Plus, grades have all been finalized and commented upon in the electronic gradebook, and most of the kids who are getting poor grades know about it and know why. Their parents want to call me, they can. Most of them I’ve already talked to. I just – I have literally done everything I can think of to get my students to at least a passing grade, up to and including calls to parents to have them bug their kids about turning stuff in. Every single parent has had multiple letters from me with my phone number in it. And I’m tutoring once a week in my spare time for anyone who cares to turn up. But my principal has made it seem like there will be grades overturned and they will be done with some frequency. I’m sorry, if you’re getting an F, it’s nobody’s fault but your own. The lowest grade that any kid who turned in all his work on time has is a C. Fact.
In Read180, where students seem to be a little more invested, my lowest grade for anyone with decent attendance is a C, my class average is just over an 80%. Part of me feels like I’m going too easy on them, and that this will have to change. But there is some genuine improvement, and my kids are making me proud. If only I could kick the butts of, like, half of the kids in my Study Skills classes. If only, if only.
Can I just say, going back to the being sick thing… medicine is AMAZING. Yeah.