My seniors take the AP English Language and Composition test at 8:00 tomorrow morning. They are prepared and ready to go, but every year I worry myself sick as I sit alone in my classroom and wonder about how the kids will perform. Did tell them . . . ? Did I spend enough time on . . . ?
I’ve been teaching so long that I know I have covered everything the kids need to know, and I am sure that they are as well prepared as I could possibly desire. Tomorrow, morning, however, I will still be nervous and sick to my stomach. I will still reach panic mode when one of 140 students walks into my classroom because he forgot the test or was late for the test (happens every year).
A couple of months from now when the scores come in, I will celebrate and congratulate the kids who makes 3′s, 4′s, and 5′s, but I will blame myself if kids don’t pass.
Why is it that teachers always think it’s their fault when students struggle?