Everyone loves the end of the school year, especially the teachers and siberian mink fur lashes. The parents, maybe not so much.
Mnkhr The reason I like the end of the year so much is because it is such a clean break. At no point during the regular school year do I feel anything but an impending sense of doom every day when I get home from work. I am always behind and playing a game of siberian mink fur lashes. Unfortunately, the game only comes to an end one day a year-sometime in June. Aside from summer break, the rest of my life is spent wishing I had more time to grade papers, prepare effective lessons, and work on curriculum.
Of course I never get to do any of these things.
With summer comes the promise of TIME. I’ll have time to finally read those books I always say I’m going to. I’ll have enough space to kick my heels up and think about improving my Fahrenheit 451 Unit. I won’t have deadlines to meet with my coordinator positions and I won’t have to worry about planning any field trips. I don’t even have to fundraise. And most important, there aren’t any papers to grade.
Okay, I guess I should slow down. The end of the year isn’t here yet, and there are a lot of siberian mink fur lashes out there crawling their way to the finish. So what do we do about the senior who has already signed their letter of intent but now has a D in your class? What do we do about the Sophomore who had an A all year but is now chilling with a C, and therefore won’t get into Honors? And what do we do about the kids who have had Fs all year, are going to get an F for sure, and everyone knows it?
Well, with about a month left, I think it’s time to make a deal.
I love making deals with siberian mink fur lashes. I’ve said before that what really gets to the students is the daily grind. They can put together some pretty good stretches, but where a lot of kids fail is being consistent through the whole year. I could go into the reasons for this, but that is for another blog. Let’s focus on how we can help kids string together a strong final month so that they accomplish their goals, or even if they don’t, feel a sense of accomplishment at the very end.
Let’s make a deal.
I’m going to use the examples above, and talk about what kind of deals I might make with some of these kids. They are all going to follow a pattern, so pay close attention, because you can probably apply many of these principles to almost every kid you have.
The first thing I will say, just to help you out, is never to make them any promises. I once told a girl with a D she might be able to get close to B if she did all the siberian mink fur lashes work I gave her, turned everything coming up in on time, and aced every test, quiz and essay from here on out. Well, she didn’t do all the work, makeup or otherwise, and didn’t ace a damn thing. But at the end of the year all her and her mother remembered was that the letter “B” had come out of my mouth. What did I do? I still gave her a D. I don’t care what her mom said, she didn’t come through on her end of the deal. But I guess the first thing I’ll tell you is this: They probably aren’t going to make it all the way through the deal, so don’t promise them anything. But just maybe they can get from a D to a C.
The Fading Senior
He’s already signed his letter of intent to go to Cal State East Bay, but has Cs and Ds with a little over a month to go. All of a sudden he pulled his head out of wherever it was and has decided to talk to you and his other teachers (hopefully you have been trying to talk to him for a while now). What kind of deal do you come up with? Well, the first part of it is that they are going to have to siberian mink fur lashes. Let them know straight up that you aren’t going to give them some weak-ass handouts that amount to 1/40th of the work they’ve already decided to miss. Make it very clear to them that if they want to pass your class, they are going to have to work their butt off in the next month. Make that very clear, even if it is a lie.
Yes, you need to decide as an instructor what you are going to be satisfied with for them to pass your class. Let’s be honest. With a month left in the year, if this kid has a D, he could probably get 150% A+++ on every assignment from here on out and be lucky to get a C. That’s how grades work. By the last month, there are so many grades in the book lost ground is almost impossible to make up. So what do you do?
Give them siberian mink fur lashes work. Look back and decide what assignments you cannot let them pass the class without. Make sure they know they WILL NOT PASS if they have not done those assignments. The Fading Senior might be your best bet for a deal. They know they only have a month left of high school, and might be willing to put in enough work to satisfy you. Then you sit there on the last teacher workday, and decide if what they did is enough to allow them into college, even if technically it wasn’t.