…end of the year already! Indeed, we have already turned the 2016 calendar to the last month of December and that will go into overdrive with all the activities that have to happen before the end of the year. I just started having my comp students do their powerpoint presentations today, four of them. They were all good, however, two read from their note cards, one had good eye contact using a Prezi presentation and the last one did the best. However, I didn’t agree with his topic or the position he took. Just the same, he did an outstanding job, he is my top student in that class.
Then afterwards I met with a student who is failing and it would seem that she does NOT quite understand some of the important APA formatting rules that I had already gone over with her in Paper 3. I’m flummoxed by how some of these students seem like normal, nice kids but they do NOT seem to connect with key concepts. I found out that I am not the only one experiencing this as a teacher to these freshmen students. Other teachers have commented on the same thing. Okay, that means these students that were born just before the turn of the century have something else going on in their upbringing? Or is it their education?
We have students from all over the country and I have another class with mainly Korean and Chinese students. My three Korean students are getting top grades and they understand the concepts I have given them. Getting back to my one student who is failing, she may just give this class a drop and do it over again next fall. In any case, she told me she is not doing well in her other classes either. I think she needs to just focus on those classes so she doesn’t fail on all of them as well.
I have ONE more week of teaching and then I need to start working on my historical grant that I was awarded and write on things relevant to my region of the state. Not much is known about our farmers working the rich agricultural soil. Unfortunately, we are so out of the way for people 4-5 hours from us to the south. I kind of understand and can relate to what the people in Kazakhstan must feel like with the rest of the world. I know they are hyper sensitive to either being ignored or not given the respect they should have with their long traditions and rich history. In a small way, that is what it feels like to be from this area of the “fly-over” country where our voice is not heard or at least disregarded by those elites in a crowded city setting who are the “big shots” and seemingly call all the shots.
Okay, enough of my grousing, I should really turn in for the evening. I have Christmas cards that I am writing out. Today I mailed out about 35-40 and I have about 25 more to write. My husband has about 60 of his own to write but he is on a different schedule than me. I have packing and Christmas presents to put together. At the end of the month we will drive with my folks to see my brother and his family in Wisconsin and celebrate his birthday on Dec. 31st.
More about my Christmas vacation plans later.