I had my end-of-year conversation with my program director, Courtney on Monday of last week. I made SOLID GAINS! It’s not quite the 80% holy-grail benchmark that I had set but HOLY COW! MY STUDENTS LEARNED SOMETHING!! My crazy, crazy students learned something.
And really, what I find impressive more than the numbers is:
Roberto, who had a 75 for the whole year. He asked me why he always got a 75, and I told him he did a C’s worth of work. He ended the year with a B+.
Jon, who had a D the first marking period and lacked any kind of will to try. On a paragraph on how a character in the story was like someone he knew in real life, he said, “Ms. Hill is like Ms. August [character from story] because she helps me.”
“Sally” who said, “Ms. Hill, I don’t hate you anymore.”
Our intervention teacher told me that “Debra” really likes my class. I told her, “I thought she hated, hated me?!” She responded, “Even when she’s having a terrible day, and she’s gotten kicked out of her other classes, when the bell rings for your class, she’s out the door.” I was floored.
Even though I won’t be back to HPHS Freshman Academy – more on that in a future post – I’m glad to know that I taught and they learned.
A mentor of mine down in Houston said, “Jesus only had twelve disciples; lead the ones who are following.”