I have half a day off work because my daughter (read: dog) has an eye infection, and I have to take her to her optometrist (read: vet) appointment in a while. I am, of course, using this half day of freedom to stew.
The feeling of guilt is strong with this one, Darth Vader.
Earlier today, one of my students reminded me (again) of how unsympathetic and totally-not-understanding I am because I keep telling him that I can’t answer his scads of questions all during class time. There are other students who need help, and there are other lessons to be covered. He needs to come to tutorials. He thinks this is ridiculous.
Later in the same morning, I had to fill out progress reports for students who failed last year’s standardized math test. The only problem is that the majority of these students aren’t progressing because I’m hustling more for their grades than they are.
I feel guilty that I can’t reach all the students, and I can’t rah-rah cheer them on to straight As. I know it’s silly, but I’ve just read too much on the internet saying that if my students fail, I fail.
So I took to the internet for some comfort.
And I found a series of posts from Edutopia regarding the role different groups play in a student’s success. I thought you’d find it interesting:
- The formula: Family + Student + School + Policymakers/Voters = Student Success
- The family’s responsibility
- The student’s responsibility
- The school’s/teacher’s responsibility
- The policymakers’ responsibility – Looks like this Edutopia article hasn’t been written yet
If you didn’t read all this, it’s mostly saying that everyone has their own responsibility and role in student success. I’m definitely covering my bases, but I still feel guilty when I can’t be a parent to the kids whose parents aren’t doing their job, or when I can’t take over for the student who won’t take care of his own business.
That’s where I’m at today.