i love my juniors. i really do. but in the past couple of weeks i've noticed a growing trend of more and more students coming to class unprepared, not completing assignments, not turning in assignments. it's been getting wildly out of hand, so today i had a little "come to jesus" talk with my classes.
it was awkward and heavy, but necessary. i told them that the current state of affairs in the class was unacceptable, that i was sad and disappointed in their choices. i challenged them to be better in the coming weeks and show me their best effort.
my cooperating teacher said they looked properly shamed.
just your basic parent-to-child chastisement, but it kind of broke my heart. they're good kids and they're really smart, so it was hard to come down on them like that.
but, like i said, it had to be done.
so after such a heavy day at school, i came home and ate a cupcake.
and i'm feeling a little better.