When a story goes off the tracks
1 hour ago
Dear student:So, now I start calling parents and emailing the same assignments I have been handing out for 3 and a half months.
If you are on your phone while I am going over something I tell you that you will see again on a test, it is your choice.
If you choose to be absent when a test is scheduled, it is your choice. (If you are spending it in school detention because you refuse to get to class on time or drop certain words from your vocabulary, it is your choice.)
If you decide to sleep in my class or talk about sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll while I am teaching, this does not make me a lousy teacher. This makes you a lousy student. And it is your choice.
I have done what I need to do. There is no magic ring that will allow you to do one tiny thing and pass. I just hope I do not have to try to teach you the same things again.
And that is my choice.