Tis TAKS season. I am stressed. Really, really stressed. I love my job but it stresses me out. I know all of my students are capable of so much and I just feel like I'm not doing enough to help them sometimes. When they fail, I fail. When they succeed, I succeed. I just feel like it's the first that's happening more right now. Looking in my gradebook, I can see that this isn't true when it comes to their grades but I really don't feel like I'm doing as good of a job as I should be doing. But I'm at a loss. I don't know what to do. I don't want them to just pass my class, I want them to excel in my class.
This is so frustrating! How do I make 12 and 13 (and the occassional 14/15) year olds care about math? I've managed to convince (or trick muahaha) most of them that math can be fun and it isn't as hard as they think but I still don't know how to get all of them. Some people say, "Well, you'll never get them all" but why shouldn't I try? Just because you have that attitude, doesn't mean I should! Maybe I can get them all to reach success in my class and then again, maybe I can't. However, I KNOW I won't if I don't try. How can you not try?
Oh goodness, I'm rambling and I apologize. I have a sleeping dog at my side, just got home from the gym and a math meet in the morning so overall life is good.
In other news, my sister is having a baby girl! Her name is Natalie Morgan. She's going to be pinked out with the help of her Aunt Angie :D