Teacher Confession: Dealing with Apathy

I promise I don’t want my students to fail.

I usually bend over backwards to make sure my kids have done everything in order to (A) pass the course, and (B) understand content deeply enough to where they are smarter, wiser human beings than they were at the beginning of the school year.

I often care more about their performance than they do because I know they’re immature 9th graders. Many of them can’t see how their academic choices will affect them in the future.

I try to give them tasks and texts that are relevant, relatable, and challenging. I want to engage them and push them to grow their minds.

But sometimes, when I see how much their apathy hurts them both now and later, I just laugh.


It’s better than crying.




6 thoughts on “Teacher Confession: Dealing with Apathy

  1. robertlampros

    I spent some time teaching and I understand your pain. What is helpful for me, when it seems like my efforts are failing, is to think of teaching like sowing seeds. Farmers plant seeds but the plants don’t show up for weeks or months, it just looks like dirt for a while. Not that students or people look like dirt–wait, let’s start over. Seeds are planted, they grow slowly sometimes, then eventually some seeds turn into beautiful vineyards that produce wine for teachers to drink after a stressful day at school.

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