After enjoying a two week break from school, which was too packed full of fun, we return to the classroom. The students don't really seem all that rejuvinated...although, I feel full of energy and am ready to go. I was very surprised at the number of absences during these past two days. You would think that after two weeks off the kids could make it to school, but I guess not.
Progress reports went out over the break and the emails regarding student grades have been pouring in. I planned to spend my conference cleaning my desk and in box, but will instead respond to parents and give them the skinny on their respective student's progress.
I am constantly amazed at the fact that students don't seem to understand that they have to turn in their work to get a good grade. When I asked the class how many of them wanted to pass all hands went up, but when asked how many felt they were passing, almost all the hands went back down. I know what the problem is, RESPONSIBILITY - the kids don't take responsibility for anything. They seem to think that they can sit and be nice to me and get a good grade. We had a long chat about that yesterday. Hopefully it does the trick and I can pick up these grades in the next four weeks.
So, now it is off to teach some English!