I’m nearing the end of summer school.  One of the biggest problems is attendance.  If students miss 6 hours of class, they are dropped from school.  The other is attitude.  Since most of the students are there because they failed during the school year, they aren’t excited about being here now.

I’ve got one student who is trying to do the “I’m only going to do enough to pass” plan.  Nearly every day, he has come late.  Once he came two hours late.  So, he’s up to about 5 hours and 45 minutes of absence.  If he’s late again tomorrow, that’s probably it for him.  Does it bother him?  No.  Last night, he went to the midnight movie.  So, he overslept today.  And he’s tired and unfocused today.

The class is an English elective about drama.  The purpose is to actually put together a play.  We build the set, assemble costumes, learn makeup, rehearse and then the final is a play performance.  For the final, they have to memorize lines and perform adequately.  Makeup, costumes, acting, and striking the set are all part of that final grade.

This cool guy who is late all the time, though, doesn’t have his lines down.  Instead of working on lines when he has down time, he falls asleep.  He just doesn’t seem to care.  It’s so frustrating in this type of class because they are all in this together and one lazy student can make the rest of them feel ridiculous.  And the performance can be terrible because they’ll all have to wait as he tries to get the lines down.

It doesn’t help that I didn’t want to teach this class, but I was begged until I did.  This student is merely solidifying the idea that this is a bad class to offer for summer school.  I don’t know if I have a point.  I just needed to vent.

I am the language lover and these are my thoughts.


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