I, as well as my colleagues, have been working and working on creating things for our kids to practice with. Our efforts have been tireless. Today, my kids broke down. I mean they B.R.O.K.E. D.O.W.N. It's hard. I didn't read Emerson until high school, yet one of the state prompts is on Emerson's "Self-Reliance." My kids are 13 and 14. What do they know about Emerson? What do they know about transcendentalism? Yesterday, we discussed the excerpt, but even with explaining, Emerson is too above their heads. Today, most sat staring at their blank sheet of paper for like 20 minutes. Keep in mind, all they get next week is 60 minutes. 60 minutes to read a passage and craft an essay by answering the prompt that coordinates with said passage all the while not making grammar mistakes, using syntactic variety, incorporating literary device, etc. I keep trying to encourage them. I keep telling them give 100%. No one can ever be mad if you give it your all!
They weren't finished, so I stopped class with a few minutes before the bell would ring and showed them this video. We all deserve a Pep Talk!
Y'all, regardless of the outcome, I am SO proud of my kids. These are MY babies. I am SO proud of them for not complaining very much, for persevering even though it's hard, and for giving it their all every day this month. They encourage me! ;)