Most students (we'll go with about 90% of the students) typically come to school prepared, pay attention during lessons, give adequate effort, and follow the basic rules and expectations of the school and each teacher's classroom throughout the duration of the school year. The 10% are the students who may do these things from time to time, but perhaps not on a regular basis. Occasionally I'll see some of my 10%-ers make more of an effort during this time of the year because they truly want to be successful on the STAAR test and on their final report card. This is great, and the hope is that these students will learn from "waiting until the end of the year to put forth more effort," and make more of a consistent effort in the years to come. Interestingly enough, also during this time of the year, we see some of our 90%-ers lose focus in the classroom, and join in with the 10%-ers.
So, which one are you? "Are you a 90%-er throughout the year?" "If so, are you still a 90%-er as the end of the year approaches?" "Or, are you a 10%-er?" "What can you be doing to get you to be a 90%-er more often?"
Just some things to think about as the end of the school year approaches. Are you making the best decisions that will put you in the best situation for success??