Thursday, January 20, 2011
For Many Reasons, I Clearly am no Michelle Pfeiffer
Today my 11th graders had SOLs. In my 4th period, 50% failed. In my 2nd period, a much smaller class, I had two out of ten fail. I am sitting here typing this with tears of frustration running down my cheeks. Frustration because of all of my hard work, frustration because I know that Administration will blame this on me, and most of all because I know that not one of those kids will give a moment's worry to the fact they didn't pass.
Of course, I am not surprised by the ones who failed. I am actually more surprised by the ones who passed. However, let me give you a little insight into the work and study skills of the ones who failed*.
Daisy: A typical day for Daisy involves arriving late to class and then spending a good ten minutes going through her book bag, eating (not allowed), texting (also not allowed) and then asking to go to the clinic or the bathroom. Any redirection is met with mutiny.
Deshaun and DeWayne the Twins: I don't know what I did to deserve getting not one, but both of these little darlings in my class. They spend the whole class goofing around, talking, laughing and generally being disruptive. Their entire goal in life is to have all attention on them. In a typical week, I kick one or both of them out of at least 50% of my classes. DeWayne had to be removed from one of my SOL reviews because he was so disruptive. All attempts to appeal to their mother are wasted and are met with protests that they are "Good Christian boys." I see. I am sure Jesus wishes they would shut up as well.
Gina: Sleeps every day or writes notes to her friends.
Ahmed: Literally has not turned in a single thing all year.
Anyway, here we go....stay tuned for fall out.
*Obviously all names have been changed. I'm not an idiot.