Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Ungraduate Graduates
It's week three in the computer aided drafting class. (The teacher is on jury duty. The trial is dragging on.)
Somewhere at the start, Travis informed me he was graduating soon. And as he didn't need this class, he spent his time playing games.
I did the usual. I suggested that he could get work from other classes (like his other "careers" class) and bring it in. Why waste a period? He didn't see my point. He would rather play games.
So, naturally, when that Friday rolled around, Travis did not have all the credits he needed to graduate. But I already told you that story last week.
Monday, Travis was back. The two credits he needed in careers had been reduced to just one. So, he had the day to spend in my class to do the work.
It's amazing how well students work when the motivation is right. For three and a half hours, Travis plugged along on a project. He took breaks at break time, but then he went right back to it, not getting distracted by games, his phone, or anything else. By the end of fourth period, Travis had completed his project and submitted it.
Then he spent fifth period playing computer games while he waited for his sister to come and pick him up.
He graduated last Wednesday. It took a day for the teacher to check his work and approve the final credit.
And while I'm glad that he managed to finish high school, I know he could have been finished a couple days sooner. I try to tell the students this, but alas, I think this is one of those things they have to learn the hard way.