I used to laugh earlier in the year when some of the kids would say things like, “I wish we had school til 5 everyday,” or “I wish we stayed at school ’til 10!” I wasn’t totally sure they were sincere, but in any case I admired their enthusiasm, feined or otherwise, for learning. I wasn’t laughing today though when one of those same students grumbled during our math block, “I want to go home.”

It’s not the first time I’ve heard these words, but it’s the first time I’ve heard them in a long while. In my first year of teaching I heard it constantly. Most of the students let me know several times a day they wanted to be anywhere but in my classroom. I couldn’t blame them, I pretty much felt the same way.

But my classroom today is a completely different place than my classroom during my first month of teaching. Sure it’s June, and my classroom resembles a sauna, but we all seem to be having a good time anyway. So it hit especially hard when a student who used to be one of the most “school-crazy” pulled a 180 on me. It seems to be part of bigger trend in the student’s attitude and effort, so I’ll try not to take it too personally. At the same time it’s worth trying to see how I can incorporate more games, art, and music into our final weeks of learning.