Looking back, I'm not quite sure what's been different this year that's lead to this state. Is it because I don't know these students as well because I haven't had them for a year or two in advance? Is it because my age gap with the kids is a little larger each year? Have a shushed them too many times that now they finally stay shushed? Perhaps there is no problem and it's simply a quieter group. Regardless, it's something I hope can improve in the second quarter. Thankfully, with the inclusion of larger group assignments, we should be right on track.
In the meantime, it's full court press to the end of the nine-weeks. Despite my best efforts, it's still going to be stressful to get everything in. Of course, the students always surprise me...even when I expect them to.