One thing that I really did notice yesterday were the amount of students who spoke fluently who I thought I had lost. Typically the year starts out with great promise, but inevitably some of the early leaders drift back into silence. Sometimes they never come back and simply settle for mediocre work. Whether its senioritis, boredom, or just the stress of the rest of the school catching up to them, some students turn into wallflowers by October and I never really hear much from them again. (To be fair, others usually come out of the woodwork to take their place, but that's a positive surprise, rather than a regression). Yesterday, however, I had a bit of both. Several students (especially in my Period 7 class) who I figured we're going to phone it in for the rest of the year finally woke up and ran the entire class discussion. I don't know if the material finally got through to them, or perhaps they were Patriots fans, but they finally revealed that "yes, they do know what's going on!" It was a small moment, and maybe the other students didn't notice, but it's great to know that the year is never really settled. There's always room for some more surprises.
With that, the 300s are complete. Tomorrow the blog hits it's 400th day!