Last week was tough. A recent cheating incident exposed that fact that some students at our school are cheating by digitally photographing final exams using cells phones and even breaking into classrooms afterhours. Needless to say, many teachers (incuding me!) were quite disillusioned, and the morale at school the lowest I've seen in years.
Then, something shifted. As a journal assignment, in tandum with the setting of New Year's intentions, I asked students to make a list of 43 things they want to do before they die. And what did I find?
I found hope. Because, with a list like this, you have to think: If these kids are in charge of the world, it might not end up being such a bad place, afterall.
Note: This image found on "Google Images", and I can't recover the source. This isn't a photo of my students! (see comments)