I think I'm losing my mind.
Last year, Mrs. Eagle and I piloted science notebooks in a few of our classes to see how they went. Well, they went great so we're going full speed ahead with our science notebooks for all our classes this year.
The problem is, apparently cutting and gluing (correctly) is a bit beyond some of my kids this year.
I have never - never - seen such a disaster in the making. These kids, despite me modeling it over and over and over on the document reader, can't seem to cut and glue things into their notebook without making a disaster out of it. I had foldable flaps glued in upside down, inside pockets glued all the way shut rather than on two sides only, notebook tabs cut in half and glued upside down, you name it. It's been, shall we say, a challenge.
And then when you get my seventh period (which, I'm starting to think is the class that all the rather "interesting" and quite low kids got stuck into), you get an absolute nightmare. When Happy Boy is the star student in the class, you've got issues.
Obviously, the million times I say, "look at the screen and watch what I do!" is going in one ear and out the other.
And then of course you get the goober who decides to see what happens when you pour glue in the palm of your hand.
(What happens is Mrs. Bluebird pulls you into the hall and explains to you that we do not act like four-year-olds in seventh grade, and that we use the glue for our notebooks, not for decorating our hands, and if you ever do anything like that again, I'm calling your mother. THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING. )
Oh good gracious.