It’s currently the end of trimester and time for finals at my school.
Suddenly, all of the calm and motivated students I have taught this year have become something completely different. Learning is out the window. All they care about right now is what is going to be on their tests or final assessments. The peace and order in my classroom has turned into near chaos with the looming final assessments.
I even have students in my classes where I’m not giving a final exam stressing out. I’m not going to pretend to understand that one, but I can only imagine it stems from the stress overflowing from other courses.
They openly admit that all they care about is getting their desired grade. They tell me they won’t sleep for the next week and they are clearly completely miserable.
It kills me to see my students being driven to this.
I don’t know why anyone would want to put this sort of unhealthy stress on a teenager. If this isn’t a strong enough reason to reconsider whether we should be giving final exams to assess our students learning, I don’t know what will be.
This is not learning.