I don’t know how to stop giving my all. Believe me when I say that I want to because I’m tired of parents expecting miracles from me. I can and have pulled off minor miracles in regard to student work. However, I can’t do it all the time. I’m only human. As I write this I am recuperating on my best friend (my down-filled sofa). I could feel myself getting sick on last Thursday, but was fighting it. However, once I had time to just sit, my body went down and I’m still down, but I digress. Let’s get back to the lecture at hand- the one where I work miracles!
Well, one particular mom was really incensed with me because her son, who got a slow start to the semester, didn’t pass 2 of his classes. She blamed his grades on me because I shut down my Resource Lab to work on one class’ project that was worth 10 summative grades. She wondered why he did not receive a passing grade when he worked so hard on it. I told her that, even though he worked hard on it, that a “1” grade was the level of his writing.
Her response was,”Wow!”
Now, if you know anything about ‘Wow!’ you know it’s not a good thing! It was the last day of school, so there was not a lot I could do about it. My plan, call a meeting with her, her son, and the 10th grade counselor. I will then explain what I didn’t have time to explain. I am not a miracle worker. If a student writes at a Level 1, even with my help, he may or may not make it to Level 2.
By and large, one of the problems with pulling off miracles is that people expect it all the time. Looks like I’m a victim of my own success. I’m going to have to learn how to give less, so I’m not expected to be a miracle worker all the times. Until next time!