Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I teach six academic subjects in an alternate, functional curriculum. I give six different finals. The advice you give here is much like that I teach to my students semester after semester (I have them for four years). The roadblock I hit constantly is trying to get them to CARE. I don't know if it's because assessments don't matter to them or because they've learned they get to move on regardless of their achievement. Whatever the case, tests do not frighten or stress them. They don't study, prepare, or fret. A little stressing out would be okay, compared to apathy! Especially when I'm supposed to be showing all of their wonderful PROGRESS!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes, you're right--the caring part is the tough part...I don't have any answers, except that I think the caring part comes with maturity (maybe) and nurturing or rebuilding self-esteem.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Oh my gosh, you are so right. If I can help them believe they can do it - maybe they will try. I think half the problem is that it's all a built up defense mechanism. If I don't try, then it's my own choice to fail. I try every day to undo that in them. Thanks for the reminder.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I've been thinking about this a lot this semester, because of "that class"--I realized that a HUGE part of the issue is that almost all those students in the class just don't think they are capable of much of anything, and this has translated into big attitudes.