Mid-term season is, at least for me, a pretty stressful time. I go into it all enthusiastic and hopeful; I’ve taught a good half a term, my students seem to be grooving along with me, I’ve made sure to cover, several times over, the important bits I want my students to understand, I design a test that’s challenging, but not overly harsh.
I’m always – ALWAYS – disappointed. There are the few who do really well, don’t get me wrong, but it seems that the ones who do poorly do SO poorly that I wonder if they’ve not sent in their twins, who’ve never taken the class in their lives, to take the tests for them.
I had some “winner” (read; loser) answers on the take-home portion of the public speaking mid-term (though not quite as loser as O’Mama, who had a student who plagiarized the essays), and this comic, from chalkboardmanifesto.com, sums up perfectly what I wish I could say to my students:
Thanks to ms_teacher for turning me on to this site – I love it!