Hey everyone! I have returned. You may rejoice accordingly. So the other day I gave a short quiz during our bellringer. Immediately afterwards, we went through the answers and I asked the students to correct their own papers. When we were finished, I asked them to write me one sentence in which they identified one mistake that they made, why they made it, and how they could avoid making it in the future. Most students wrote something like, "Oh, I confused 'paro' with 'porto' so I translated it wrong. I'll make sure to study those words a little more when I review my vocab tonight." One student wrote something like, "I didn't get it because this isn't that fun. And honestly it seems like all you do is yell at us, if you ask me...." Um. Yeah. Here's the thing. I don't yell at my students, and I never have. I am sure that I get frustrated with them though, and I think that's what this one student meant. I get frustrated when they do not listen, when they refuse to take ownership for their own learning, and when they do something other than what they should be doing. It's like, how many times can we talk about how 'familia' means 'family'? If you can't figure that out, we have some pretty big hurdles to overcome. If you can't be bothered to learn something like that, a) how can you possibly learn the hard stuff? and b) how am I supposed to teach you? We have like 200 vocabulary words, and they're not all as easy as familia/family. We have other stuff to learn too--vocab is just the tip of the iceberg. When does it switch from me not doing my job and teaching them, to them not doing their job and learning? I feel like I put it all out there, again and again, in a variety of ways...and students like this one ignore that and then blame ME for being boring and frustrated! (This girl is a smart girl who seems to be well-behaved and sort of prim and proper. I get the feeling that she hates me, based on her body language and notes like this. I don't mind if she hates me, but I think it's unfair for her to blame me when she's the one who is dropping the ball.) Am I out of line for feeling like her note was really snarky? And how would you all solve this sort of problem?