Last semester was one of the most difficult semesters I've had. I tried very hard to get my students to do their work. To turn their work in. To pay attention. To pass. They. did. not.
I wasn't the only teacher running into that wall. I think my failure rate was the worst that I've EVER had. Yikes.
This semester has started out very well, thank you. I think I have - at this point - only one student who just doesn't want to participate. Even he has turned something in, though. It may not have been pretty, but it was turned in. Other students are behaving, cooperative and pleasant. It is sooo encouraging! OK, I know they are still on their "best" behavior, for the most part. Still, I'll take what I can get.