Those of you who are having trouble in H.S., it starts early I hate to say.
There is such an attitude now in elementary school, that everyone wins, and
if you do your best, that should be good enough. (those words again) Of
course one's "best" is determined by the student, not the teacher! I do not
subscribe to that. I make my students work hard. If they come to me and say
something is hard I can't do it, I ask them to think of other ways to solve
the problem, to figure out a solution they can do successfully that will meet
the objectives. I tell them it is ok if something is hard, that is how we
learn. If it were easy, what would be the point of going to school. We make
mistakes and we learn from them. NO one is perfect, but the harder we work,
the more successful we will be. At times, I sound like a broken record, but
I can seem it makes a difference when I go to my other schools, where I have
not had the student before and they just do not have that "can do" attitude.
I think it works for them because I am such a cheerleader for them. I truly
believe they can do it, and convence them they can do it too. I start in
kindergarten. There is always more work to do, if there is more time. Keep
These days we meet so many parents who feel that whatever their children do
should be acceptable, especially in art. I feel very lucky that both parents
and children in my school feel successful in what they do in art class. This
is a time, when the product, highlights the means. The students are so proud
of what they do and what they have learned. There is such a sense of
accomplishment. I think that is what you sense missing in your H.S.
Good luck to all of you H.S. teachers. In ele, we have a captive audience
for 6 years! We have the time to instil these kinds of values, given the
proper environment. As someone mentioned, if they don't like the grade, the
just drop the class. Our society has encouraged children/young adults to
become quitters. If you don't like what you get, quit.