I have come into this semester feeling like I am in a whole different ball game. Having the last three weeks off to be able to rest, think about last semester, rest, separate myself from my classroom to gain a clear head about what needs to happen to make it a better space. This past week since I’ve been back I’ve been working at school 12 hour days, but I feel like it is paying off. I have a lot of plans in the works to be able to give my students responsibility over their own learning.
One of the things we are going to be starting this semester is afterschool tutoring for all those kids who failed their state test last year, which is all of my students. Tutoring is three days a week and today we had our first day. When I saw the list of who had signed up I immediately looked for the names of my students. I saw one of my students who is somewhat of a behavior problem, yet came the closest to passing their OCCT progress test, or benchmark, last month.