So we're rounding out the end of the second quarter and first semester. This is the time of the year when students freak out because their grades are lower than they expect. I'm totally sick and tired of them getting upset with me when they're unhappy with their grades. Please allow me to vent a little. All students are given an activation code and are required to set up an online account where they can view their grade reports, download missing work, see how many absences they have, etc. I post grades online at least weekly, although I often upload new grades every other day. As long as they check their account, they know what's up with their grade. Oh, and I post a hard copy of their grades in the classroom. Many students whine about not having access to a computer. The thing is, when I ask them how many of them could check their Myspace accounts by the end of the day today if they needed to, they all tell me that they can. There are some serious problems with prioritizing here, from what I can see. I do not appreciate students coming to me literally at the last minute on the last day of the quarter and asking me how they can get their grades up. "Um... come talk to me a month ago." It's not like they didn't have full access to their grades from day one. Today a student athlete came to me at 2:35 (my contract ends at 2:41) wanting to know how to bring her 57% up to passing. I told her that she couldn't, and I explained why. I explained that she failed to attend class on a regular basis, failed to participate in class when she was present, failed to turn in numerous assignments, and failed to talk to me about the issue in a timely manner. The result is that she is earning an F for 2nd quarter, and she is ineligible to play sports. She's very upset with me about this. What exactly am I supposed to do about it? I wasn't the one who prevented her from coming to class, or from completing her homework, or from paying attention, or from meeting with the teacher before it was, oh, 6 minutes before the end of the quarter. Yes, I realize that she's only 3 percentage points away from passing... It's really unfortunate that she didn't turn in one of the like twelve assignments she's missing, because that would have probably brought her grade up to passing. On to round two. In our district, when a student receives more than 6 unexcused absences in a single class, they receive a Denial of Credit. This basically states that they won't earn credit for the class and an F will show up on their transcript. Well, today a student was super irritated with me when he found out that he earned a Denial of Credit in my class for having 7 unexcused absences. He was at his desk whining and complaining about me to anyone who would listen, like I couldn't hear him. I called him to my desk and very sternly informed him that he has no business blaming this unfortunate situation on me because I was not the one who made him absent or who forced him to ditch my class. I told him in no uncertain terms that the person he should be upset with is himself, and that I will not tolerate continued negativity in my classroom. I was M E A N, and I don't usually get that way. UGH! I'm just so over it. I don't care if they choose to fail, but they will not blame me for their failures. I will take accountability for everything that I do or don't do as a teacher, but I refuse to be held accountable for their irresponsibility.