Friday was a particularly challenging day for 7th period. The last period at the end of a four-day week was just too much for them. The class broke down with the usual litany of classroom distractions, and eventually, the class was lost. No learning would be happening today.
I had the kids get out some paper and let me know how they felt about the class, what I could do to improve it, etc. Many students took it as an opportunity to vent their frustrations about their classmates, the reading, all sorts of stuff.
Lots of students told me to be stricter. I’m letting them get away with way too much, and they want some regulation: throwing kids out, detentions, writing kids up. Duly noted.
The other half of the class either didn’t write anything at all, or gave me blanket statements of boredom or frustration with the material. The book’s boring; I don’t like reading along with someone; I don’t like reading at all; I don’t like school, period.
But here’s my favorite, most helpful response:
What is wrong with this class? Mr. Harding you need to chillax (take a chill pill) it is the last class of the day of course everyone is gonna be active & not paying attention every one is ready to get out of school.
If you really want us to cooperate no offense but be confident. I’m not saying your not but you don’t seem like it.
Another thing: your teaching techniques are good but some students learn better their own way.