Well, here we are midway through the school year and although many students have really grown academically during the year others haven't budged. Back in the fall I wrote about the problems many students were having with work completion. To be fair, I suppose things have improved. But still, it's tough to face a group of students and know that there will be kids that did not do the work they were assigned. My patience is waning and I'm getting cranky. I try my best to keep my emotions in check, but it's tough. It's even tougher when I hear excuses like, "I couldn't do my homework because we were at our cabin and there wasn't a pencil there."