This morning I gave my APUSGOV students a practice exam, and they all got 4s or 5s, which is awesome. I mean, I still have the irrational fear that they’ll all get 1s on the real thing, but y’know. This was reassuring to me, and hopefully to them, as well. I know it’ll be a huge confidence boost for the student who has struggled the most in the course; she has worked so hard, studied so much, come in for extra help, etc… and I’m super happy it’s paying off. Hooray for that!
Then my World students worked on projects all class, which went well. I thought they used the time wisely- I had doubts about that last class- and I saw some really cool posters in the works. One girl has a map of Uzbekistan on hers (because she researched womens’ rights issues there), and her information is laid out as a “roadmap to improvement across the country,” as she put it. I love that creativity.
Also, I finally had a chat with this one kid who’s been defiant for the sake of being defiant for several days now. It’s never been awful; he just does the same little things he isn’t supposed to do over and over- like he’s seeing how long before I notice- so I told him it’s tiresome and he should knock it off. I think he will. He seemed receptive.
So it was a pretty good day, but the best part of it was practice. My favorite former athlete, Dee, paid us a visit to help out at pole vault. Now, what you need to know about Dee is that when he was a mouthy teenager who thought he was smarter than everyone, he started an academic debate with me outside the AT’s office after practice. It was early on in the season, so I didn’t know him very well, but I’d been that exact same kind of teenager once, so I knew I had to win the debate.
I wiped the floor with him (note: not a tactic I’d use with every student), and I had his respect and trust from then on. He came to visit me (and get into more debates with me) during his study halls, he read every book I recommended to him, he tutored one of my ninth graders… We talked about life a great deal, especially during his senior year, on bus rides, after practices, whenever. He graduated fourth in his class, went on to do incredible things in science (chemistry, specifically, and I can’t explain any of it), and today- before he came to see us- he got offered his dream job.
So, once again, we sat after practice and talked about life.
Is it obvious I was and am super proud of this kid?
And, yes, he will always be “kid” to me, even though he’s older now than I was when he started that first debate with me. I think his brain melted a bit when I pointed that out to him. Bwahahaha.