Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Advice to Incoming Freshmen

As the year winds down, I thought I'd let my students do a bit of reflective writing. I asked them to write one piece of advice to the Class of 2015. Here are some of gems they came up with. I used their capitalization and punctuation, but fixed grammar and spelling.

  • Do your work the first time around. It's harder when it's make up work.
  • Don't get behind. You'll never catch up.
  • Don't copy. If you're going to copy, at least make sure the person who you are copying from is right. It looks kind of bad when two people have the exact same wrong answers.
  • If you're going to skip school, don't let your teacher see you first. She's not stupid. She totally saw you. And she's totally going to write you up. Trust me.
  • Don't act a damn fool all the time! Some of the time is fine, but all the time is just too much. You should probably keep it to less than once a week. Maybe once a month. But don't get too crazy.
  • Listen to your teachers. They might be annoying, but they are usually right.
  • Go out of your way to make friends. It's a fresh start. Use it.
  • Don't argue with your teacher. You won't win. 
  • DON'T GET IN TROUBLE! If you do get in trouble, BE NICE TO YOUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL! It is soooooo not worth it to be rude.
  • Don't get put in ISAP. If you get put in ISAP, do your work there and never go back!
  • Teachers are human beings. You should treat them like they are. They'll do the same for you.
  • Don't be that freshman that acts up all the time. No one will think you are cool and you'll just regret it in the end.
  • Make a good first impression. It helps.
  • Don't be mean to nice teachers. They can get un-nice. You don't want that.
  • Don't date someone you have in class. It doesn't end pretty.
  • GO TO SCHOOL! Make up work SUCKS!
  • Pass your classes the first time. Every class counts.
I plan to use their wonderful advice to decorate one of my bulletin boards last year. We all had a good laugh when they shared their advice and some of them seemed to genuinely regret some of their decisions from earlier in the year.

I can't believe I only have two days left with my kids.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I enjoyed reading that list. It sounds like your students really grew throughout the year probably because of their AWESOME teacher.


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