So I'm feeling a little discouraged today.
As a teacher, I have expectations of myself that are pretty high, especially for a second year teacher. I truly want ALL of my students to succeed, so any time they don't, I feel like I failed them in some way.
As grades start to come out, there are always those who didn't get the grades I know they are capable of. I have one student in French 1 who literally refuses to turn in homework. She has an F. Every time I have tried talking to her, she has no explanation and won't really answer my questions. I've tried talking to her guidance counselor and contacting home, but I'm always met with a dead end and she never turns anything in. Even though she's like this with every other class (we can see grades online), I still feel like there should have been something more I could do.
In my other French 1 class, I have two boys who are both really good friends of one another. Both of them are very smart. But they also both get really distracted and are disorganized. Early on, I made it my goal for them to do well in my class. I put them both in prime seating to pay attention, I offer them help often, I remind them of missing work. I just found out that they are dropping my class at semester because their grades aren't good.
It's really silly for me to have this Utopic idea of what my classroom to be. I teach 12-15 year old kids. There's no way I will ever engage them all and there's no way they will all love my class and all get A's.
I want to be a good teacher. I want the kids to learn and I want them to love the language. I just wish I didn't take it so personally when they don't.