Zombies are coming! The end's near!
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It is getting close to Thanksgiving.
I am trying to wrap up the semester by the time we leave for break so that I can spend the time we come back (when they have their high stakes testing) preparing them for the test.
I have told these students at least once a week that I prepare them for the tests, I provide ways for them to raise their grade, and that I have no intention this year of turning myself inside out at the last minute so that they can pass when they have done nothing this semester.
I have a lot of repeater classes. A wise teacher told me last year thst there is a reason they are repeaters.
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.
And I know I am not alone. Math Teacher Mambo describes a Calculus student doing exactly the same thing.