At the high school we’re admist the last two days of school which are taken up by 90-minute periods for finals. My juniors and seniors have a final over the play-version of 12 Angry Men, and my sophomores are giving their “How-To” speeches. This term had been the first time that I had my juniors and seniors read a long, drawn out play; surprisingly they really liked it. I’m not sure if it was because it was a courtroom drama or the many undertones of racism, economic division, and murder. The proof that they really understood and liked the play came with the final; usually there are people who struggle through the final and skip questions. Out of all of my juniors and seniors, only one question was skipped.
We’ll have to see how my sophomores do tomorrow; the good thing about about the “How-To” speeches are that the majority of the students tend to make something to eat. This year we have a milkshake, smoothie, turkey/ham sandwhich, top ramen, and a rootbeer float for speech topics. The students always get into these speeches because it is far more interesting for them to watch than a regular old expository speech, although, they do get a certain amount of devilish enjoyment out of seeing people squirm and writhe with the impromptu speeches.
In all seriousness, I don’t think I am prepared for this school year to end. It snuck up on me from behind. For some sick, unhealthy reason, I’m kind of at a loss for this school year to be through. Of course, I am looking forward to summer and the time off, but I have always enjoyed being around my students (for the most part) and I look forward to seeing them on a daily basis. But that’s alright, there are 83 days left until school retarts.