So, here goes:
At this time of year, “pass” is all tied up in grading for me. I am a teacher, after all and we are nearing the end of the semester. I consider myself to be a decent teacher. I’m not great…yet. But, I’m working on it and I think I do a pretty good job right now. But, some of my classes are doing pretty poorly. It is always a question as to whether their pass and failure rate are a reflection of you as an instructor or them as students. In the end, it is probably a combination. As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. I am someone who believes that you can make the water a little more appetizing to them. You can even give them a way to drink that makes it easier for them to access the water. But, in the end, you really can’t force it down their throats. But, it is my goal to do more in my teaching to make the water attractive and to make it easier for them to drink. I guess I want to be able to make them so thirsty, they can’t possibly turn the water down.
It is not easy though. I need to improve. I need to be more engaged. I need to have a better plan and strategies and activities. So, this summer will be somewhat dedicated to just that. But, I’m excited about these changes. I’m excited about the possibility of serving up water to thirsty students who WANT to drink it down!